Re: My new colony has died... what happened?
I noticed in another thread that you got your packages from wilbanks. I had queens from them in 2009 and 7 out of ten died similar to how yours look. if you do some searches you will see others had the same problem. not saying its only a wilbanks problem as I have a few of mine doing the exact thing this winter. I had one in my back yard so I watched it all winter closely. If you have the bee culture mar 2011 magazine, take a look at James Tews article on keeping bees as best we can, the paragraph another frustrated beekeeeper-me. he explains it a lot better than I can write. the bees act like they used to act with traceal mites, very noisy, agitated, at the openings and flying when to cold to be flying, they eventually run out of bees, plenty of stores. the one in my back yard finally died last week bees inside, no cluster, actually at the end they were clustered on the inner cover, I haven't taken the hive apart yet. it had been treated for mites and fumidil for nosema, had a new queen, plenty of bees going into winter with plenty of store, not a hive that I would have marked as a chance of failing.
mike syracuse ny
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