So I checked my city hives on Tuesday and found one hive with no activity at all, after popping the top, the once busting at the seams hive that produced 60 of honey for me this summer was fully gone. This is my first complete loss of a hive, and it was by Varroa. There were a handfull of dead bees on the SBB and none outside the hive.
This hive was completely treatment free. It swarmed in early spring and still built up solid numbers to produce a good honey crop. Infact, I also caught the swarm and that hive is still alive but in a different location in the country. This hive was in full shade throughout the summer. It had a ton of stores for winter as well, which I will stick into other hives that may need it.
Heres the pictures:
Varroa poop in the cells (white specs)...........and lots of it throughout the brood chamber.
Capped brood left behind as well as an emerging bee with tongue sticking out. There were about 6 frames atleast with scattered capped brood and some emerging brood with tongues sticking out.
And one of the frames capped and ready for winter stores.