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The two photos show the combs of a deadout I cleaned out of a swarm trap yesterday evening. I can't really find a cause of death, but there was a lot of moisture in the box. My intentions were to leave them alone for the winter, since they swarmed so late.

Please notice how nice and even the combs are. I didn't have any frames at the time, so I put top bars with triangle wedges in the box. There wasn't a single cross or brace comb.
 

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Well, it's unfortunate that you lost this swarm, but you got some ncie comb out of the deal. thats worth something right there.
 

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Looks like they starved. No honey or pollen best I can tell. I would leave it the way it is and hang it back up. Time for round two, good luck.
 

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Looks like they starved. No honey or pollen best I can tell. I would leave it the way it is and hang it back up. Time for round two, good luck.
There is about 25 pounds of honey that I will be harvesting and plenty of pollen. I did put the box back up. Robber bees were all over the honey combs before I placed them in a container, so I might get lucky again.
 
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