I've heard others describe but it's the first time for me to have a hive die mysteriously. A hive I started in 2006 recently died and I'm not sure why. The ground in front of the hive is covered with dead bees. There were a good number of dead bees on the bottom screen, and even a couple of live but barely moving bees. There were occasional deformed wings but it was not prevalent. There's dead brood in the cells, some looking like they died while emerging, others still capped and dead. There's also dead uncapped brood. There's plenty of capped honey, some uncapped and plenty of pollen. Something got the bees in the midst of an otherwise productive time.
Any thoughts? Is this another case of the mysterious colony collapse? It could well be that the bees were poisoned. There was no robbing of the hive, and though I did see a few small hive beetles, they were dead, and the honey appears to be untainted by SMH larvae.
I did see another post about a dead out and the comments pointed toward varroa mite overload. Still it's puzzling, the large pile of bees out front.