Originally posted by Maxmars
In the early days of the Hive collapse phenomenon bees were studies extensively to identify any parasitic, infection, or toxicity issues to account for the the sudden (as in nearly "overnight") loss of entire hives.
No consistent answers were ever reported to account for this. Parasitic infections, toxicology reports, and all manner of biological testing produced no answers. This particular parasite now being discussed would have been identified a decade ago had it been present - I think.
I suspect this is a new threat to hives. Perhaps one of many, as naturally evolved systems are subjected to increasingly new 'adjustments' made to nature by agro and chemical .industries intent on monopolizing anything they can.
I read an article where one bee hive keeper actually got down on his hands and knees and scoured the ground for dead bees from his collapsed hives. He found not a single bee. So I believe you are correct in that if this particular parasite had been responsible he would have found some of his dead bees near the hives.