Today the temp reached 22 deg. F. Warmest it's been in at least 2 weeks. This afternoon a few bees were dragging out dead bodies, and dumping them on the landing board or off the edge. Only a few of the house cleaners who left the landing board made it back to the entrance. I estimated about 40 to 50 dead bees ended up on the landing board or on the snow. I had bees for several years some 10 or 12 years ago and never saw them active at this kind of temperature. I have only this one colony, a swarm I caught in early June this past year. Hive is not wrapped.
Questions; is this some kind of hygenic behavior gone a bit overboard, or perhaps a colony not well suited to this northern climate, maybe breaking cluster too easily? Any other ideas? Really nothing I can do about it but I am sure curious. Thanks for any ideas.