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I purchased a five frame nuke in the beginning of June 2010. Established it in a hive body and had an experienced beekeeper (50 years) come five days later and check on the hive. Everything was normal.

Two weeks later I had ten bees left. We expect these were robber bees. We found some honey, brood, and larva in the hive. No dead bees. No foulbrood detected.

Any ideas?

I have two other hives that are doing fine. This was the fifth nuke I purchased from this vendor. Early on, he did not have enough queens, so he purchased some from California.
 

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its called "absconding" and many are reporting it. there is no concensus as to why. i believe it to ge genetic.
good luck,mike
 
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