We came home after two weeks away for the holidays and were devastated to find that the bees in two of our three bee boxes were dead. The honey was gone, much of the wax for their comb was gone, and the bees were gone. We found several dead wasps on the bottom of the boxes. We are so sad that our little bees did not survive, and are at a loss as to what may have happened. We have our theories, but they are only theories. The remaining box of bees seems to be thriving (see above), and we hope they continue to do so.
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Veronica Rueckert just did a show Jan 6 on WPR about this issue. google her and “bees dying” and you will find the show.
Thank you Kate! Will do!
What sad news, especially since bee colonies seem to be struggling all over the United States.
I imagine this is the part of farm life that leaves you at the mercy of Mother Nature. I hope Trueheart and your bees have a healthy 2012.
Yes, bee colonies are struggling everywhere, and we were really hoping we had happy, healthy bees. We do, however plan to get one, if not two new hives, and we still have one busy and healthy hive left.