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I went out to check the hive and saw about 88 bees on the snow. Is this normal winter loss or is this something I should be concerned about.

It was about 2Pm and about 30 degrees. I did see one bee fly out just to frease in mid flight and drop into the snow.
 

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If that's the first time you've checked them in a couple of weeks, nothing to worry about. And regarding the one who decided to fly, and froze, Darwin Awards at work?

Then again, seems like Nosema Ceranae (sp?) can cause bees to do some strange things... That might be a cause of concern. Which means treating for it in the spring.
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Steven
 

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Dead bees and yellow spots in the snow generaly indicates a healthy hive :waiting:
 

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:eek:t:OK dont eat the yellow snow :lookout:
 

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:eek:t: man, it has been year since I've had snow ice cream! Amazing all the things we used to do, that isn't safe any more. :(
 
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