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I was looking forward to expanding the number of hives this year but suffered a setback. The two hives made it through Feb. I had put some syrup on but they were not taking it. Did an inspection and there were hundreds of dead on the bb. I will take a closer look to see what the cause might have been. Looks at first that they had enough honey. No poop on the frames.

How does one determine if it was mites? I looked at the bees and could not see any attached? what do I look for in the post mortem to ensure I do not make the same mistakes?
 

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its not how many dead, but how many ALIVE :) how many frames of bees are left? to check for mites use the search function at the top of the page and look for "mite counts, mite drops, sugar rolls" there are many ways to check. good luck,mike
 

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There are no bees alive. Only about a dozen were in dead in the comb (some heads down). All the rest were asleep on the screened bottom board. There are about 5 frames of honey in each hive.
 
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