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  1. #1
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    Ithaca, NY USA
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    Sad Dying Bees -- Help

    Hello -- I have an observation hive which has been doing great up until last week. It was vibrant and full of brood and bees. Then I noticed the hive wasn't as full...At the entrance outside there were some bees, a dozen or so staggering on the ground. The yellow jackets were eating them up. There aren't any YJ's in the hive. Their wings aren't K-ed or deformed, they actually look fine except they are dying. I don't see anything obvious in the hive?
    Any thoughts would be appreciated...

  2. #2
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    May 2008
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    Concord, CA
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    Default Re: Dying Bees -- Help

    Hi,
    Its possible the bulk of the bees, either swarmed, or absconded. Don't have any advise for you.
    Dan

  3. #3
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    Pepperell, MA.
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    Default Re: Dying Bees -- Help

    Do you have any fighting going on between the yellow jackets and the bees outside the hive? Is it possible that the dying bees lost the fight and were being finished off? It's getting close to that time of year....
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Dying Bees -- Help

    you said lots of brood and bees but was there any honey for stores when all that brood hatches the young bees come out hungry

    or was it getting to hot for them in their small space,Just some thoughts

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