Last week there were some disturbing events that unfolded here at my home hive site. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday I awoke to large quantities of dead bees on the bottom boards of all three hives. This was particularly disturbing since two of them have up to this point been among my strongest hives.
I don’t know what to think for sure. I have not been off of work on a good bee day to open the hives. I need a good day to diagnose anything that may be happening internally. I do know that there has been heavy activity in the fields around here. The wind has been very strong and I was told that some farmers were spraying. I have no idea what, or if it is even connected.
4/23 – High-59F Low-37F Winds Ranging from 9-28 m.p.h. during daylight hours.
4/24 – High-64F Low-32F Winds Ranging from “Calm” to 18 m.p.h. during daylight hours.
4/25 – High-70F Low-48F Winds Ranging from “Calm to 8 m.p.h. during daylight hours.
Rain in the evening.
4/26 – High-70F Low-54F Winds Ranging from “Calm” to 21 m.p.h. during daylight hours.
All weather data was from HAMweather.com — under the History section for 47353.
I am trying to keep an open mind. Perhaps I have a disease problem? There was a small amount of spotting on the front of my bottom boards. Could chemical exposure cause that? With the lows we have been having perhaps they chilled. The fact is I don’t know. At this point I have too many questions and not enough answers.
If I knew they were being exposed to something I would move them. If they have a pest or disease problem that would be the wrong course of action. I need to find a lab that I can send dead bees to have them analyzed. I will be working on that this week. It is odd to me that since this video was shot it has been too wet for fieldwork. I have had no dead bee mornings since…..
What do you think it looks like? Please leave comments.