Only the strong survived: resilient bees to pass strong genes onto next generation

Anna Dimoff · CBC News · 

 

Last year’s fire season was hard on honey bees, but for those that survived, one beekeeper wants to pass on their strong genes via artificial insemination.

Diane Dunaway, an apiary inspector and beekeeper at Soda Creek’s Bee Happy Honey, north of Williams Lake, said last year was the first time in 20 years that she was without a surplus of honey.

The bees refused to fly in the heavily smoky conditions so they ate through a portion of their food supply leaving the colonies short on nutrients for winter, she said.

Dunaway estimates she suffered about an 80 per cent loss of her colony last year, but the honey bees that survived are a hardy bunch with genes that are valuable to future generations.

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