Curious thing today I had laid small pieces of plywood in front of hives to stop weeds ( not poisonous green boards) and found a dozen or so very pale and sickly bees in various stages of dying. Those hat could move we're walking in slow circles and rolling over onto backs and just moving legs, flying out of the question.
No k wing, hive temperament usual peaceful.
Looked at several other hives and found 3 more with similar scenarios. Not all hives in apiary but thus far four. Die off is modest say a few dozen for each h I've but ".......... I hope this is not beginning of something
They are new hives from walk away splits about month old now. Inside brood is normal, no signs of classic diseases all really looked quite good, fed with sugar water and amino and honeybee healthy, and pollen patties.
Farmer has no crops only horse and cows and doesn't spray round up, too early in year for crop spraying as corn isn't high enough and orchids are abandoned. I have never seen this in any disease book or even heard of the color leaving the bees so that they are a pale yellow all over. These are Carnolian must. Parent hive is doing fine and shows none of these symptoms.
Toxin? Plant toxin? Disease
Asking a lot for such a brief description I know.
Thanks in advance