Weatherspark.com says this about November in Atlanta:
"The month of November is characterized by rapidly falling daily high temperatures, with daily highs decreasing from 68°F to 59°F over the course of the month, exceeding 77°F or dropping below 47°F only one day in ten. Daily low temperatures range from 40°F to 49°F, falling below 30°F or exceeding 59°F only one day in ten."
The temperatures for the last three days have been lower than typical as per the above paragraph:
November 28: High 61
November 29: High 54
November 30: High 54
So I look over at the one living hive and all around it I see dead bees - probably about 100 of them. It's not unusual to see dead bees around a living hive in winter. When it's warm, the bees in the hive carry out the dead but drop them near the hive rather than fly away from the hive with the bodies. But these bees had pollen in their pollen baskets so they were flying into the hive when they died.
Does anyone have any idea what would kill bees flying this close to home loaded with pollen?
I don't know if the whole hive is dead - I opened the hive top above the inner cover where I have a feeder and added some syrup to the feeder. One bee came up to partake and a couple of hive beetles.
I'd love theories about what this means. Seems late in the year for a pesticide kill and doesn't look like the pile of bees I had at the Morningside hive where there was a definite pesticide kill.
So naturally I wondered about temperature. Did it drop precipitously and the bees were caught unaware? We had cold high winds a couple of days ago as the temperature dropped, but then they wouldn't be right beside the hive, would they, but rather would have been blown away.