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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

The Demise of the Rabun County Bees

Earlier this year In February,  I looked at the Rabun County hive. There were lots of dead bees on the bottom, but I didn't open the hive. There were a few bees flying in and out, but only a few.

On Monday I went to Rabun County to install a second hive.  Because I had a bad feeling about the hive in February, I took two packages to install there in case the hive had died.

I am so sad to report that the hive had starved to death with a full super of honey just above the cluster.  I have never seen dead bees so clearly defining the cluster.  It covered four frames and part of the fifth.  The cluster was round in about the diameter of a baseball and elliptical in length.  I never have had such a clear picture of what a cluster looked like in my head, so seeing it this way was helpful for learning what they look like, but what a sad way to learn.



I am so disappointed that they didn't make it.  I had high hopes for them going into winter.  I had fed them bee tea and was pretty sure there were no other illnesses in the hive.

What a loss and what a shame!

1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear about your bees Linda.

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