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  1. #1
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    Default Spring inspection = trouble

    Hello, I have 5 colonies in NW Ohio. Just inspected this afternoon. 3 in great shape, 2 with dead bees, no queen and plenty of stores. Hope someone can help. I'll load pictures.

    Some cells half full of white or yellow-colored substance. No foul smell.

    1. What happened?
    2. Can I add a new coloney & queen to these 2 hives?

    Thanks.



    Draparnaldia
    Last edited by draparnaldia; 03-17-2011 at 02:52 PM. Reason: attach photos

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    Quote Originally Posted by draparnaldia View Post
    . . . Some cells half full of white or yellow-colored substance. No foul smell.
    Sounds like bee bread (stored pollen).
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  3. #3
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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    Hmmm. Pics would help but plenty of hives starve within inches of stores. I looked at three today in my home yard. It may just have been a case of bees not moving to where the food is. If you could post pics, we'd love to look at 'em.
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  4. #4
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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    Thanks, I'll try to post some pics.

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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    Here are photobucket pics of frames from my dead hives. Any suggestions as to what happened to my girls is very welcome. Most were dead in the hive or clinging (dead) to the combs.

    Thanks

    http://s1177.photobucket.com/albums/x356/Draparnaldia/

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    Looks like bee bread and mold to me.

    But hard to tell from pictures..

  7. #7
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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    My hive looked liked this too, I curious to see what the experts recommend.

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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    That is bee bread.

  9. #9
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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    I see allot of pollen and no honey, I would bet dollars to dog biscuits they starved.....
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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    Thank you all. Very helpful.

  11. #11
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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    When you found them dead, were there lots of bees with their heads down in cells with their tails sticking out? If so, then, yes, they starved. '

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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    Yup, thats what I saw. There was so much honey within centimeters of where they died.

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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    If you had honey that close but they were in head first and dead, then they probably died during a cold spell. They ran out of honey in the cluster but it was too cold to break cluster and get more.
    Dangit, it happens...to all of us unfortunately. Nothing, for the most part, you could have done really.

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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    Yes this does happen time to time. Probably starved. Just wondering if there was any water in the cells, since there is mold. I have seen alot of this to leaking tops. Snow melts slowly and weeps into the hive killing the cluster.

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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    Your hive is bone dry; there is only pollen on the pictures. No way for the bees to survive on these combs.

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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    What is the white stuff--mine looked like that, too.

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    Default Re: Spring inspection = trouble

    That is mold.

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