My first disappearing colony

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Eddy Honey, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. Eddy Honey

    Eddy Honey New Member

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    This tall hive was my biggest honey producer. The photo was taken on July 6th.
    2 weeks after the picture was taken I noticed lots of queen cells in this hive. They were in the middle of the frames so I assumed supercedure. I made a nuc with 3 frames and they are doing nicely.
    Today I was going to pull the rest of the honey and treat them with MAQ's but the hive was empty except for a few robbers and a wax moth.
    This is my first experience with a colony vanishing after being such a strong hive all spring and summer.
    Now I have plenty of drawn comb to give my nucs and lighter hives so they can get ready for the goldenrod and aster flow.
     
  2. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    Ah, dang, hate to hear that. There were certainly a ton of bees on it! They obviously didn't abscond to the nuc right? Or, you would be seeing it bubble over.