Over the past three or four days I'm finding a lot of dead bees around the base of my hive stand. More so, dying bees. Many of them are loaded with pollen, but just seem to be sitting there slowly dying. Also, on a hive inspection a week or two back I did find what looked like a patch of mold, along with a fermenting smell. Thinking bees know best I figured I'd leave it for them as opposed to swapping out the frame for an empty one (I don't have any drawn frames).
I'm in Southern California where days are in the 60's and nights down to the low 40's at night so they are still going out and about during most days.
I quickly popped the lid 2 days ago and there were still plenty of bees inside, but I didn't do a full inspection.