Re: Lost Them!!!
CuttingEdge, I am sorry for your loss. I hope you will not give up.
Have you already cleaned up the hives? the advice to send to Maryland beelab is good.
collecting a sample & examining about 100 or so bees with a magnifying glass & god light would also give some clues. I Maine, is it safe to assume you did wind breaks and wrapped or insulated?
I went to feed one of my late summer splits last weekend, & also found what I believe to be soon, a dead out, but I still had some very week bees crawling around in it.
absolutely no food present in the hive. live bees crawling around with their toungues hanging out.
lots of very feeble bees. Magnifying glass insp found 3 or 4 mites in 100 bees.
So I am not asking "what happened ?". take your pick, starved, Varoah, or even cold.
In the end, it was "beekeeper error". But, this loss acceptable to me, one dink in the "bad bee yard" where I send "bad bees" to live or die as they will. two beside the dead appear to be ok.
I did go back the next day, there was at least one undertaker bee hauling dead bees out of the dink, so who knows. the queen may be alive in there some where. if so , she will probably be a "virus carrier" or some thing. but I don't have to figure that out until i find the hive alive ... or not.
My question, If these bees actually died from varoah vectored virus (virii ?) , how do I clean the equipment so as not to carry over problems for next season?
Again, sorry for your loses. .... CE
Started summer of 2013, just another new guy, tinkering with bees.