is the hive dead? I have seen piles of bees on bottom boards get cleaned up and the hive keeps going!
sometimes when it's too cold to fly the dead just pile up til a warm day!
Never a good feeling no matter how seasoned you are.
Mites take your hive out?
Where were they found? What are they on? Is what your photo shows all of the bees in the hive?
the hive is dead,NewJoe..I have/did not have/had issues with mites, as far as I know MrbeeMan, and yes it was bad feeling....they were found on the bottom/beatle trap board(dont waste your time building one, they dont work).....that is all the bees I found.
I had a weak hive late in sept. so I combined them with a stronger hive, guess they werent strong enough....I will be looking for a swarm or find a cut out somewhere to start over.
yea, I did a check in early feb last year and didnt find anything to to be worried about then
Which was what? How many? Did you check again after you took honey off? That's when you would find the most, most likely.
I used the powdered sugar and shake method in the beekeeping for dummies book I have...10 bees 2 mites(if I did it right) and no that was the only check I did. thats why I said "as far as I know"...I admit I didnt do ALL that I could to help prevent this... but I learned some things from it....experience is the worlds cruelest teacher.
D1, ten bees is not enough bees the way I was taught to sample. That said, 2 mites in a ten bee sample is 20%. I'd say that would warrant treatment. The percentage will only grow over time. And February is pretty early.
Keep that in mind for future reference.
Sharp eyes there Mr. Beeman.
I can see close up just fine, it's the far away I have troubles with now. lol SUCKS getting older.
Thanks sqkcrk, take care
Tell me about it. Cataract surgery has improved my sight, but not like I thought it would.
cool thanks I didnt look at them that hard as I was knda in a hurry when I went down there.....my wife was in the truck and was looking for Sunday lunch....