Hope everyone`s having a good winter. In Ottawa winters are about as long and cold and snowy as anyone would want. Anyway, I went to take a look at my hives yesterday just to see them and make sure all was OK. I was expecting to see some dead bees here and there, but I never expected this many. Take a look a these pics. I would like to know what you think would have caused such a massive die-out.
Just to elaborate a little, when you look at the pics the pile of dead bees are on the skid. They used to be on the landing part of the bottom board. I brushed them off because they were blocking the entrance. While I was doing this I could hear them buzzing inside, so I know there are still some alive. But wow ... what does this indicate? Also... I have 6 hives. Only 2 displayed this. The other 4 showed a few dead bees scattered here and there (as one would expect). Thanks to all that reply.
Here is the link to the pics: Dead Bees