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Hi All,

I have two hives in my back yard and thought that one had died out over the winter I closed up that hive and never got a good chance to look at it until today. Well there was no signs of any sort of die off the hive was just empty. Lots of honey and lots of pollen, but no bee bodies and no larvae in the cells. They were just gone..

Given that the weather is getting warmer and the bees will be flying soon, can i keep the 'empty' hive open for the neighboring hive to rob? I am thinking that it is early enough in the year that wasps wouldnt be an issue. And it would help the remaining hive access honey and pollen without me needing to mess around with opening it.

Any thoughts?

Mike

PS does the empty hive sound like a late fall swarm?
 
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