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bees resting and/or dying?

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Guard Bee

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Location: USA, Michigan, Mecosta.

PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 8:27 pm    Post subject: bees resting and/or dying? Reply with quote

Hello, I am 10 days into two new hTBH. Bees are very busy in both hives bringing pollen etc in. In my daily observation I have noted 2-4 bees per hive alive and seemingly exploring the ground some 16 inches below the entrance holes. In addition, I have noticed 3-4 dead bees (total over the ten days) on the floor below the entrance holes. Are these experiences normal; are the bees exploring the ground below the hives; are they resting and tired; and are the deaths just normal attrition?

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Scout Bee

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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2016 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes - normal. I have often seen bees arrive back, miss the entrance, land on the ground and after a little rest, fly up to the entrance. Older bees also that don't make it back in to the entrance may die there in front of the hive. 3 - 4 dead bees in 10 days is fine. If you were talking about bigger numbers, that would be different.
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