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Popped the top box off of the unnamed extraction hive because it seemed empty and the cluster was entirely in the bottom box. Turned out that it has massive honey stores in it, so I pulled any vacant frames (hiding spots for hive beetles) and put the honey directly over the cluster. It was cool this morning so they were mostly calm, and only two or three bees got warmed up enough to fly at me.

After I put them back together I noticed a piece of honeycomb had fallen out of the box. Half of it still had some capped honey, so I took it inside as a sampler. It is fantastic and almost makes me wish I could do a late fall extraction without harming the bees.

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Looked at Easter Hiveland real quick and found it completely frozen. Even the hive beetles are dead.

I’m guessing it was the combination of low temperatures and constant rain that just made it impossible for them to keep the hive warm. It’s sad, really; but what can you do but move on? Natural hive and the unnamed extraction hive are still alive and well. I just hope they have enough stores to last the winter.

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The -still unnamed- extraction hive is performing as expected. They are going crazy bringing in pollen and I hope nectar as well! I’ll be doing a checkup on my remaining hives soon so stay tuned!

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I had a bee chase me across the yard to get this shot

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foxthebeekeeper:

foxthebeekeeper:

foxthebeekeeper:

Florin, my largest hive, went through a pretty bad storm recently, and something happened internally which caused a number of bees to die. The ants (ever present as usual) took advantage of this and set up a supply line straight through the bees’ intrance to eat up the dead bees and steal larva/honey. If there’s anything left for these gals after this all clears up, it won’t be much. I’m just hoping that they don’t leave for good. Now THAT would be a hard blow.

I’m really hoping that today warms them up a little and helps them get re-invigorated. The cooler weather has really messed with them and thrown them off their game. They are all very slow and I didn’t even really need a suit around them. This is VERY unusual and I am really concerned. All the brood inside looked fine and some was even still hatching. I just don’t understand where their UMPH went.

Please excuse that my camera didn’t realize that it was sideways.

I just don’t understand

The bees are organizing somewhat, and the ants have turned to the bees on the ground.

It appears as though Florin had a rather serious nosema problem. That may explain the lethargic nature I’ve been seeing from them lately. Not sure what to do about that though.

Time to hit the books again! You can never stop learning.

Well it seems that now any action is futile, as Florin as a whole has left. The remaining bees cannot fly and are slowly dying off below, and the signs of a nosema outbreak are crystal clear. It took a hard rain and three days to knock out my strongest hive…

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foxthebeekeeper:

foxthebeekeeper:

Florin, my largest hive, went through a pretty bad storm recently, and something happened internally which caused a number of bees to die. The ants (ever present as usual) took advantage of this and set up a supply line straight through the bees’ intrance to eat up the dead bees and steal larva/honey. If there’s anything left for these gals after this all clears up, it won’t be much. I’m just hoping that they don’t leave for good. Now THAT would be a hard blow.

I’m really hoping that today warms them up a little and helps them get re-invigorated. The cooler weather has really messed with them and thrown them off their game. They are all very slow and I didn’t even really need a suit around them. This is VERY unusual and I am really concerned. All the brood inside looked fine and some was even still hatching. I just don’t understand where their UMPH went.

Please excuse that my camera didn’t realize that it was sideways.

I just don’t understand

The bees are organizing somewhat, and the ants have turned to the bees on the ground.

It appears as though Florin had a rather serious nosema problem. That may explain the lethargic nature I’ve been seeing from them lately. Not sure what to do about that though.

Time to hit the books again! You can never stop learning.

Regular

Florin, my largest hive, went through a pretty bad storm recently, and something happened internally which caused a number of bees to die. The ants (ever present as usual) took advantage of this and set up a supply line straight through the bees’ intrance to eat up the dead bees and steal larva/honey. If there’s anything left for these gals after this all clears up, it won’t be much. I’m just hoping that they don’t leave for good. Now THAT would be a hard blow.

I’m really hoping that today warms them up a little and helps them get re-invigorated. The cooler weather has really messed with them and thrown them off their game. They are all very slow and I didn’t even really need a suit around them. This is VERY unusual and I am really concerned. All the brood inside looked fine and some was even still hatching. I just don’t understand where their UMPH went.

Please excuse that my camera didn’t realize that it was sideways.

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Florin is still holding strong. They look like they’re growing a lot. Hopefully they will be able to find enough honey during the fall for them to get through winter. I don’t doubt they will, but it’s been really dry for a while now.