I'm not sure if this discussion should go in Warre or Pest and Diseases, but here goes. We installed a new package into a Warre hive this spring and they seemed to be doing well. We fed them when they first got here but we had a lot in bloom in our market garden so we only fed them once with a rapid feeder inside the hive. They got to work right away and drew a full box of comb and had drawn a half a box more of comb. So, we nadired a third box because the rate they seemed to be drawing indicated to us newbies that they would soon need more room (that may not be correct but we have a bit of a "bee mentor shortage" in our area).
Not long after adding that third box to the bottom, we found out we would be relocating our farm to a more rural area and renovating a farmhouse over the summer. We carefully and gently moved the bees at night about 15 minutes away from our home. We checked on them a few days later and they seemed to be doing fine. We have been so caught up with the farmhouse renovations and move-in deadlines that we have not checked on them in a while. When we went out to check on them the other day I observed that there was less activity at the hive entrance. Upon closer inspection I found dead bees by the entrance on the ground. We opened the hive to find that the bees were really low in numbers and that there was absolutely no honey on any of the comb. The bees were also clustered in a corner on about two top bars of comb. We removed a bar of comb to inspect it and found that it had tiny, very hard to see white worms crawling in and out of some of the empty brood cells. There were some brood cells still covered but not many at all. Really only a handful. There were a couple of cells covered in a very fine web. But only a couple. Not a lot of spider type webbing like I've seen in some of the wax moth infestation pictures.
So, my question is could the very tiny (read: not fat and plump like the pictures of wax moth larvae) white worms be the beginnings of a wax moth infestation or something else? If it is the beginnings of a wax moth infestation and my numbers are already dangerously low, with no honey, what should my next move be?
My other question is what might have caused my bees to die and the ones that are left have no honey?
The comb that was left looked perfect in form, not chewed or ragged. Other than the few tiny white worms and gorgeous empty cells they looked fine.
Also, what, if anything, can I do to keep the bees alive until next spring when I can add to them?