As I’ve made some warm weather rounds, I came across this deadout. It was on my list to feed…but wasn’t desperately low on stores.

When I opened it about three weeks ago it appeared to be a thriving colony. It was in a yard with another dozen hives, all of which appear to be doing well. The bees in the photo were dumped off of the screened bottom onto this sheet.

As it was on a screened bottom board with the plastic drop sheet in place, I went through the debris….and nary a mite. I shook the pile of dead bees over the sheet. Mites? Zip! All the same…you know what killed it? Mites…well along with a bit of ppb.