Re: Is it CCD? Heartbroken in the Heart of Texas
No, bees don't do that. Whatever circumstances they are in they'll do their very best to survive, even though we sometimes don't understand and misinterpret what they are doing.
Originally Posted by apriljmay
Can you post some pictures of the brood? that can show a lot.
Although you have described the situation very well as best you can see it, any opinion offered at this stage can be little more than a guess because there isn't much more to go on than there used to be a lot of bees but now there isn't. So a brood pic could be a big help.
You were quite right not to blame weavers and I'm glad you pointed that out. Most hive deaths are in some way related to something the beekeeper did, or didn't, do. I'm a breeder myself and have been really riled a few times when word has got back to me that a customer has been badmouthing me saying they got bees from me and they weren't any good because they swarmed / died / didn't make much honey. When I know the hive I sold them was in awesome condition and great genetics. At the time they got it.
Re the moths and hive beetles, these can take over and finish a weak hive. For now, remove all combs that do not have bees protecting them so these nasties do not have safe harbourage. It is better to have empty space in the hive, than empty comb infested with beetles etc. Reduce the hive down to minimum space needed, and if there is just a few frames of bees put them against one side of the box, and on the other side of the bees put just a frame of foundation. Removed combs that are infested can be treated in the deep freeze.
That is just a stop gap measure of course, the real issue is to identify why the bees are weak in the first place and attempt to fix it, so some brood pics will be a start.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).