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I was helping a friend clean out his hive after the winter and we found something quite strange. We knew the hives were dead so we assumed they starved but when we looked in the hive there was a whole super still filled with honey so we don't think that they starved but we are not exactly sure what happened. Is this a disease? I also don't think that they froze to death because the other hive had good evidence that they starved (no honey, bees half way in the combs, ect). Dose anyone know what this is?
 

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Were there bees still in the hive (dead of course)?
How many, soft ball size, bigger?
Did you find the dead queen?

Sounds like they starved if there were still bees in the hive. I have had dead outs (if you want to call them that) that were completely devoid of bees, but had left a full capped super of honey and a very small patch of brood. Just as if they said the heck with it and left.
 
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