All My Honey Bees Are Dead
This is so disheartening. I unwrapped my winterized honey bee top bar hive this week (April 7) to find all the tiny creatures were dead. When I checked on them late last fall, prior to insulating them against the impending freezing temperatures, they were all happily buzzing about. So I believe it’s possible they either froze to death or died from starvation. I collected these bees as a wild swarm late last summer, and then dumped them into my hive. Our winter was relatively mild, and I had insulated the hive fairly well, so it might be more likely that they died from starvation. Perhaps they hadn’t built up enough food for the winter months, since they were so late to begin producing food. Once again, I feel as though I am to blame for the unintentional death of a creature on my ranch! Ten thousand creatures….aw. Nature is forgiving, and She always gives me second chances. And third chances. She never gives up on me. And I love Her lessons. My ad for wild honey bee swarm removal is up on Craigslist now, and I’m surrendering my problem to Mother Nature once again–that She may provide me a new colony of beautiful bees to bring home.