What to look for in a dead out?
I posted last week that I believe both my hives are dead. Temperatures have since plummeted to a high of about 12F, so I have not opened the hives, on the slim chance that there might be some survivors.
Can someone give me some advice on what to look for? I know the typical signs of starvation (no stores, heads deep in cells). What would I look for to indicate other causes? Like mites or nosema or foulbrood or whatever?
Don't know when I'll get to look. The cold weather predictions go for at least another 10 days, and I suspect more like a month.
“The keeping of bees is like the direction of sunbeams.” -Henry David Thoreau