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  1. #21
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    Default Re: My Colony Died

    Quote Originally Posted by beemandan View Post
    Rather than reinventing the wheel...you may want to read this recent thread.
    http://www.beesource.com/forums/show...hlight=abscond
    There have been a number of similar posts since. This is the time of year when varroa pressure reaches its peak...and the previously strongest colonies....disappear.
    Exactly- I too learned from MP what PMS looks like. In fact you have some great photos of it- the pin holes in the brood- and many of them. The bees, too weak to emerge. I would love to be able to use some of these photos in our class. They are great teaching tools.

    You said you checked the bees earlier in the Fall and everything looked fine. Did you do any mite assessment? Lots of bees does not equal healthy bees- and I too have seen, if they are infested with mites- the crash happens quickly.
    karla

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    Default Re: My Colony Died

    I see mites in the pics. Looks like PMS to me.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
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    Default Re: My Colony Died

    Not one single varroa mite anywhere in my hive that died.
    Last edited by Mr.Beeman; 12-05-2012 at 04:43 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Beeman View Post
    Not one single varroa mite anywhere.
    if there were mites, they would have jumped on the robbing bees, and hitchhiked home with them.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Beeman View Post
    Not one single varroa mite anywhere in my hive that died.
    Then yours was the only colony of bees in North America without any.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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    nice lookin' website there dan.
    journaling the growth of a treatment free apiary started in 2010. 20+/- hives

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    Quote Originally Posted by squarepeg View Post
    nice lookin' website there dan.
    Thanks SP. It is much simpler than its predecessor. The old one had an online store, blog and lots of glitz. I decided it was time to simplify my life somewhat.
    Dan www.boogerhillbee.com
    Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards

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