I was wrapping my three hives today, 2 langstroth, 1 TBH. When I opened the hive top feeder on one of the langstroths is saw several yellow jackets come up from the hive into the mesh and I knew it was dead. It was a new packeage (Italian) hived this spring into a hive with existing comb from a colony that died out last winter.
There was piles and piles of deadbees throughout the hive and wax moths and waxmoth damage throughout. It has not been near cold enough this fall to kill and I have been feeding them. I haven't been in the hive in several weeks.
As of several weeks ago it was (seemingly) thriving. It was taking fall-feeding syrup and was well populated. It did not produce any honey for me this summer and was light on stores at the end of the summer as were my other 2 hives. I been feeding 2-1 syrup since mid September.
Any thoughts? How should I proceed?
Thanks for any advice or guidance.