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Offline ablanton

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« on: August 04, 2014, 10:42:12 pm »
Well, I had my first experience with one of those "vanishing" colonies today.  I'm not going to call it CCD because I haven't opened this hive in several weeks and don't know what happened or when it happened.  All I know is that I went to check it out today and knew something was wrong before I even got to it.  The two beside it were quite active.  This one was dead quiet.  I popped the top and the top box was empty.  No brood, honey, bees, nothing.  Pulled that box off and the next two were the same, other than a few robber bees and a wax moth.  These combs were COMPLETELY empty, other than a little bit of pollen.  No dead brood or anything.  No dead bees on the bottom board or the ground around the hive.  I have no idea what happened.  Luckily, I got to it before the wax moths had time to do any damage.  I threw all of the combs in the freezer. 

This was a 2013 queen.  All that I can figure is that she croaked, they failed to make another, and the remaining bees left.  Maybe they went into one of the other hives.
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« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2014, 10:53:26 pm »
When was the last time you did an inspection and looked for signs of a queen present? Eggs larva and capped brood, to deturman that it was worker brood not brood from possibly a laying worker?
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« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2014, 10:59:22 pm »
Could be other things, but sounds like another case of starvation in late July and Aug. It happens a lot in this area. We have ZERO summer flow.
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2014, 11:01:36 pm »
To be honest, the last time that I opened that particular hive was when I pulled honey in late June or early July.  I didn't take notes because I was just pulling honey rather than inspecting; but, I do recall taking a quick peek to make sure there was open brood.  I did not look for eggs or a queen because I had a full day ahead pulling & extracting.
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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2014, 11:06:28 pm »
I don't think it was starvation, Iddee.  I did not pull 100% of the honey.  I left plenty for the bees.  I was actually surprised at how much honey is still in the other three that I checked today.  I expected them to be getting low on stores by this time, also.  I bought 300 lbs of sugar last month in preparation for the dearth.   Across 25 hives, I have only used 50 lbs of it and all of that has been on 8 summer splits.
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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2014, 11:35:35 pm »
Bummer Ab! I hope you can find an answer to this  :sad:
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« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2014, 12:07:15 am »
Well if that don't beat all! It never occured to me that bees wouldn't have any food over the summer!
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