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Oh dear! Any idea what may have happened?? Bees gone.

 
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PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 7:42 pm    Post subject: Oh dear! Any idea what may have happened?? Bees gone. Reply with quote

It's the start of May 2016.
I went into last winter with 4 apparently healthy colonies.
At the start of April I was optimistic that they had all come through the winter. On those few warm decent days there was a lot of activity.
At the start of May, 2 weeks ago, I went down, 2 colonies were either gone or now non existent / dead.
The other 2 seem a bit weak.
I wonder what happened? Could they have swarmed already? I sort of have a hunch that it is too early, the colony wasn't big enough and it has been to cold. Maybe I'm wrong.
I am sure they have not died of disease.
They haven't starved. There is still a lot of food still in the hive.

Any ideas ... it's too late now, but I would be interested.
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Location: UK, North Yorkshire, Bentham

PostPosted: Tue May 10, 2016 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Worth a look through http://www.beverlybees.com/how-to-autopsy-a-honey-bee-colony/ for ideas.

They could have starved with stores in the hive if they clustered in the recent cold weather near new brood instead of food.

101 other reasons, but without more info hard to say.
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