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    Default Dead Bee's

    I took these today. What caused it.


    These are all dead

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    Heads down in the cells.....starvation?
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    This was a cutout? The coatings on the combs and the positions of the bees makes me think of poison. If this was a cutout, I'd suspect the people poisoned the bees killing them, then called you to clean up the mess in the wall.

    I do see what looks to be a mite here and there on the combs, also.

    too many bees with not many head first in cells, don't really look like starvation to me.

    I could very well bee wrong, see what others think.

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    If the cluster was really small I'd say they dwindled far enough that they couldn't generate enough heat to keep going. Then the big question is how'd the cluster get that small?

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    Are those capped honey cells right next to them? If they are it wasn't starvation. These things are really hard to diagnose, I'm never clear as to exactly why my own losses die out.
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    I also see several mites but tend to think that they went queenless and dwindled...Rick
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    I see 5 beeks with 5 different answers.

    BTW where do you see mites?

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    Some bees with heads down in the cells...I think it may be starvation.

    Also, don't you know when you have 5 beekeepers in the room and ask a question, you may get 6 different answers!
    "My child, eat honey, for it is good." (Proverbs 24:13)

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    It is hard to tell by the picture but in the 2nd one it appears to be some mites but to difficult to be for sure. What is in the bottom of the cells close to the bees? Chalk brood? The capped honey doesn't look right either( is it propolized over?). Being there is no obvious brood and the small size of what was a cluster I would have to guess that being queenless is what caused them to parish after becoming to weak to create enough heat.

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    It's really hard to diagnose a deadout, and if there's no obvious cause, it's probably best to leave it open. It could well have been queenlessness, but how many people ever sort through all the dead bees to check?
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