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  1. #1
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    i've had a couple days up in the 50's and at days end there are several bees that decided not to re-enter the hive.

    they don't look abnormal (crumpled wings or k-wing) they just "froze" doing whatever they were doing on the ground. it's just that there are quite a few of them.

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    Depending on how cold it is late in the day there, the bees really may have "frozen," or at least been too cold to keep moving. I would guess they're leaving the hive while the temperatures are nice, then getting caught out in the cold later in the days when the temperatures drop.

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    That's just normal.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Big Grin

    thanks. [img]smile.gif[/img]

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    A good diagnosis of a t-mite dead colony, is a very loose scattered dead cluster. Bees infested with t-mites tend not to be able to cluster properly, nor create heat the same as an uneffected colony.

    Bees flying out of the enterence is normal, but I have noticed sick colonies continously vacate the hive, leaving a pile of dead just infrount. Not a pritty sight, but follows my theory of only dieing or sick bees will leave the hive on sunny cool winter days.
    Ian Steppler >> Canadian Beekeeper's Blog
    www.stepplerfarms.com

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