Ok, I have no idea what I am seeing and hope one of the more experienced beeks here might give me a clue. I wish I had a picture to show as I am sure that would help, but a camera phone in a gloved hand is something I have not mastered yet. :roll: This morning we opened the hives to inspect them and in one of the 4 I saw some bees (approx. 4) on a drawn out honey frame that appeared to be dieing and turning dark at the abdomen. I know that some bees die everyday and are carried out to be disposed of, but I saw none of this in the other 3 hives. They all seemed to be very healthy. I did manage to identify cream colored brood larvae growing in numerous cells on another frame which tells me the queen is laying. The hive itself has grown since we last added an additional brood box, but it is not as robust as the other hives. Could this be some kind of disease, or maybe just the normal lifespan coming to an end? A couple of the bees were still alive but seemed to on their last leg, and a few looked like they had already died and were darkening. As hot as it has been it would not surprise me if they dried out before the workers could remove them. What does it sound like?