I was a guest at a beeclub meeting last night and a gentleman submitted he was there to find out why his bees have died. Here are the particulars....He has (had) about 40 hives. 19 of them died within 2 days of each other. He has been feeding HFCS (source unknown) but nothing else (no pollen or substitute). He is in a rural area and we have been having quite a bit of cold weather lately. When ask if the bees died with their heads in a cell, he replied no. He said the combs had stores. This person is really a bee haver because he could not answer some rather elementary questions. The most telling answer to a diagnostic question was that the bees died in multiple clusters on the bottom board. He described it as balls of bees that were dead. Although he did not say when (sorry, didnt ask) he said his varroa count was low. He has sent a frame off to Texas A&M for a little lab work to check for disease(s). Do we have an answer? My thought was a few bees got into something that poisoned them (you know how snoopy they are at this time of year). However, there is just not much reason to have poison out right now. He does live in a rural area so there is a chance of a farmer getting corn ready to plant and the bees getting into the inoculant dust on the seed corn. Can't really see this as it has been too cold and it will be two weeks before anything can be planted because of the wet ground. Anybody seen this before?