So a buddy of mine got interested in keeping bees and gave me a call. He said he's found a few wild colonies and would like to do a cutout or two. He took me to see one of the colonies that has lived in an abandoned house. There are actually two colonies in this house, one on each side of the house, up around the roofline. One of the colonies had been the stronger one last year, but seems weaker this year. That colony has a huge pile of carcasses under it. I've never seen so many. At first I thought it might gotten poisoned and had a mass die off, but there was no decay or decomposition due to moisture. Instead all the bee carcasses looked in good shape, dry.
Has anyone seen a carcass debri pile like this? At its deepest it is probably 4-6 inches thick.