Management: Absconding

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Example 1 Asheville, North Carolina USA

On October 2, 2018, the hive was treated for mites with 50 grams of Apiguard. The next day, October 3rd, a small swarm was noticed on a limb in the apiary. They left before they could be captured. Notice that by noon on October 4th the inside hive temperature equaled the outside temperature - never a good sign.

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After 2 days, the bees came back for their honey! For three and a half days, October 5th through the 8th, the hive lost weight at a linear rate, indicating limited resources. If this had been robbing, the rate of loss would have accelerated. The bees removed about 40 lbs of honey.

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Other hives in the apiary did not gain weight, supporting the idea that the 40 pound loss was not due to robbing.

Sapphire lost weight after Radiance absconded.

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Another hive in the apiary, Anastasia, also lost weight in the days after Radiance absconded.

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