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  1. #1
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    Default My bees left

    I got packaged bees in April. I have an 8 frame super. I had a very thriving hive all summer. I fed them sugar water starting in the beginning of august. I went on vacation for 4 days back in the middle of October. We had our first cold snap. When I got back I saw that the bees had deficated on the front of the hive. I opened the hive slightly (it was below 45 degrees) and i noticed right away there were fewer bees. I assumed they were clustering in the brood super. I then starting seeing robber bees going in the back entrance. I tipped the hive and realized it was probably about 50 lbs lighter. I decided to go in even with the cold temps. When I took the hive apart it was completely empty of bees. A few dead ones but no bees. Here are some photos I took. Maybe someone can help me figure out this mess. I did not treat the bees with anything. Thank you.

    https://picasaweb.google.com/108000792145175466212/Hive

  2. #2
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    Default Re: My bees left

    Varroa

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    Default Re: My bees left

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    Varroa
    What led you to that conclusion?

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    Default Re: My bees left

    The bee dying as it emerged, and the stunted bee you pulled out.

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    Default Re: My bees left

    varroa x2

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    Default Re: My bees left

    I thought it took Varroa longer than that to kill a package, could the package have already been that infested with Varroa?
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    Default Re: My bees left

    I did not treat the bees with anything. Thank you.

    The supplier did

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