Checking again…

We got home last night from a jaunt in St. Croix for my sister’s wedding.  We left 80+ degree weather with lots of sun and beauty and returned to this:

Snow

We knew there had been a bunch of snow, but didn’t really expect there to still be quite so much on the ground.  This morning I wandered out to the hives to see what I could find.  I was rather distressed to walk up and see this:

Front of Hive

I got closer and found this at the entrance:

Entrance of Hive

I’m not sure exactly what happened.  It looks like there was definitely a fight of some sort that required the bees to wander out of the hive.  I’m not sure if they died from the cold, or from the fight.

I had Wayne come visit to see the carnage and pop open the hive.  Thankfully, we were able to see a few bees walking around on the top of the frames and we could audibly hear the cluster.  So, we’re still safe for now.  Hopefully we won’t have too much more cold and snow and the bees will shortly be able to wander out and gather nectar again.

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One Response

  1. It looks like standard winter bee die off. When it is warmer (mid 30’s) you will see lots of dead bees. Nothing to worry about. Remember dead bees out front means alive bees inside.

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