:cry: I am so sad with the loss of so many of the bees. How hard is it to figure out what killed them. All the harsh chemicles they spray on everything would kill anything and we too are dying slowly. I want to get a hive for next year but think I am too old to start a new hobby. I'm 60, don't know the first thing about keeping bees or where to get some so I need your advice. I got this forum from Craigs List and thought this was a North Carolina bee forum as that is where I am from. I tried to sign up for a beekeepers class but they are not having one this year. :twisted: I don't want to go into this completely blind so what do you recomend? I wouldn't mind buying them if someone else would care for them. Are there people that do that? I do not know the terms of bees so is there a place in this forum that explain beekeeping terms for those not so knowledgeable like me?? Thanks for this forum.