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Disappearing bees and lots of propolis

 
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rendauphin
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:09 am    Post subject: Disappearing bees and lots of propolis Reply with quote

A hive that was doing very well suddenly lost 75% of its bees last week. On inspection the bees have sealed the mesh floor with propolis. No dead bees in the hive and lots of honey. I suspect some swarming but do not understand why the floor has been sealed with propolis. Any ideas? Thanks
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biobee
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did you have top ventilation? If air can escape from the top of the hive and the bees can't stop it (although they will try - using their bodies if necessary) they may seal the floor to stop air being drawn in.

That wouldn't explain the drop in numbers, however, which could be due to a number of factors, including swarming, a failing queen, and pesticide poisoning.
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Paul Reyes
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bees sometimes disappear for no reason, that's the sad truth we have to face as beekeepers.
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