Winter Loss

Discussion in 'Bees' started by ski, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. ski

    ski New Member

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    Noticed some wax cappings on a hive landing board the other day and got to take a look today while checking out other hives.

    The bees on the bottom layer of the cluster had their heads in the cells and there were a few capped cells of drone brood. It was kind of erie as they looked like they were still alive just a bit chilled.

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  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    :( :( :(

    I still have to go through mine in a month or so. Not sure what to expect this year. Seem heavy enough and I heard bees in most but some were quieter than I would have liked. Could be really small clusters and a bad cold snap may be then end of them.
     

  3. Omie

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    Maybe the queen died and there was a laying worker trying to lay brood but only managed a few drone cells? Did you find the dead queen? Looks like the cluster was right next to some open nectar/syrup cells.
     
  4. ski

    ski New Member

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    Perry - I wish you luck with yours. This is my first dead out this year, now down to 9 hives with some cold weather still to come.

    Omie - I figured the queen was lost. No I did not find her but these bees were sandwiched between the two frames and a lot of bees fell when I pulled the first frame.
    Maybe a laying worker or this was just what was left of the brood. Some cells looked colored but I did not notice any open nectar cells close by.
     
  5. Omie

    Omie New Member

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    Thanks Ski. I thought it looked like open nectar cells just to the right of the cluster in your 2nd photo, but maybe I'm wrong.