Hi, I am living in Perth, Western Australia. We have no Varoa Mite or small hive beetle here. We have a Mediterranean climate which means hot summers and cool rainy winters, the weather is so mild that we walk around in shorts and tee shirt mid winter. There is always some flowers in blooms all year round. No such thing as over wintering for bees. Beekeepers here have access to large amounts of old growth forests of Jarrah, Karri and other gum trees, Manuka to name a few. Because of our unique location and strict Biosecurity codes we do not have the same problems with CCD as other beekeepers around the world. However one vocal beekeeper here in Australia (Eastern States) pointed out that because we do not have Varroa mite here in Australia, then CCD can not be the Varroa mite. He pointed the finger firmly at pesticides. Unfortunately the politicians are mesmerised by big Ag lobbyists and can not deviate from the Varroa mite narrative and it can not be the neonics. Anyhow we are in a unique position and can provide a base line of sort. What the world of bees were before Varroa and SHB. I am building a research hive and will be setting it up at the Environmental Technology Centre at Murdoch University. It you want to get a base line signal of unstressed bees then this maybe a good opportunity. Cheers Derek.