Hello. My name is Phoebe and this is my second year at beekeeping. I live in Massachusetts and last year had a couple of hives, each filled with a bee package. They both seemed to do fine, although one of the hives had fewer filled frames. Well , over the winter, all the bees died. My guess is they died of starvation, although it could have been anything, too cold, too humid in the hive, etc. I didn't see any signs of mites or other diseased, but then I'm not at all experienced so who knows. So, I'm trying again this year, starting off (like last year) with sugar water, hoping to build up both hives so they can make it through the cold, windy months we have around here. Thanks for being here -- I've already posted a question about ticks (deer and dog), which seem to think the area around my hives and the exterior of the hives themselves is a great place to go for a walk. Who knew? Despite the dead bees and the ticks, I'm loving it -- bees are about the most fascinating thing I've encountered in a long time.