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  1. #1
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    Jul 2012
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    Lees summit, missouri, USA
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    Question Dead bees with pollen

    Today, the temperature in Lees Summit, Mo reached the mid 40s and I observed bees leaving the hive for the first time in 3 or 4 days. I even observed bees returning to the hive with pollen. Unfortunately, I also noticed about a dozen bees dead on the ground in front of the hive. The dead bees had pollen.

    Has anyone seen this before? Is it just to cold?

    Please advise.

  2. #2
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    Pickaway/Fairfield Cty, OH
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    Default Re: Dead bees with pollen

    jrshay, I saw the same kind of thing a last week. I'm thinking maybe the bees were able to keep warm when they were flying home, but once they landed in the grass in front of the hive they got chilled and died there. So close, but so far...

  3. #3
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    Jackson, MO
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    Default Re: Dead bees with pollen

    I have watched them land from a foraging trip and the abdomen was really pumping like the trip had taken alot out of them. They sit there for a minute, catch their breath, and crawl on in. With the temps low, they probably were chilled. Or they found some pesticide.

  4. #4
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    Elkton, Giles, Tennessee, USA
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    Default Re: Dead bees with pollen

    The abdomen "pumping" is a body-warming mechanism.
    Walt

  5. #5
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    Apr 2012
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    Jefferson Co., WV, USA
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    Default Re: Dead bees with pollen

    Pick them up, gently warm them up in your hands and watch them crawl back into the hive? WVMJ
    Meadmaking with WVMJ at Meads and Elderberry Winemaking

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