Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

Unfortunately losing one of our hives of bees is not an unusual thing for us over the winter. This hive death was unusual in that we are not yet sure what caused it and we were able to find the queen in the pile of dead bees.

(She’s the one in the middle, black body, head down.)

5 comments on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unusual

  1. Jenny says:

    I am sorry to hear this. Do you have other hives that made it?

    • Jessie says:

      We do. We only had two hives we were over wintering this year, this one actually just died in the last few weeks, the other one seems fine. Sadly overwinter half is about par for us. We are trying a little different hive design this year to see if it helps. Should be interesting!

  2. Michael Fishman says:

    Kind of a sad picture. Was the queen alive? I don’t know a lot about bees, but they’re interesting to watch. Can the queen fly because her wings look very small.

    • Jessie says:

      Nope they were all dead. Queens can fly but don’t leave the hive very often. Usually only for a mating flight. If the hive were to swarm (half the hive leaves to start a new hive) the queen would fly then as well.

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