|I found these girls huddled in the bottom box.|
When I noticed this morning that there were absolutely no bees coming and going from our hive, which is very unusual this time of year on a sunny morning, I opened it up to find it barren. I was shocked and totally dismayed. Well, more dismayed than shocked, really. I must admit that I have been in denial the last couple of months since I first began to notice strange happenings in the hive, like young bees with deformed wings and dwindling numbers day after day. I didn't want to believe that it could be something that would decimate our hive, so I kept telling myself... "oh, it's just Winter. Their numbers probably dwindle a bit in the colder months, they'll regenerate when the weather warms up."
|About 13 of the 20 remaining bees in my hive currently.|
|Bottom frame is barren brood chambers, top is honey comb.|
In the meantime, I guess I'll just leave the 20 or so bees I have left to live out their life in the hive while I prepare to start all over again. Sigh, I guess it's a good thing our tax return is on the way, but this time we aren't skimping on the suits or the smoker.