Post Updated onSad news today our first hive which we thought our strongest hive has died. We have noticed lately that the hive has been very quiet. Today we noticed some comings and goings but these were German wasps or yellow jackets for our American readers. We opened up the hive to discover a hand full of bees with no brood or queen. The lower frames still had pollen on it which had turned mouldy. The upper brood had loads of honey. The bottom had around 100 dead bees. I suspect the queen died for some reason, will not re queen it until spring which is only a few weeks away in New Zealand. Must say one of our saddest days bee-keeping so far. We closed off the hive to stop future robbing and will remove the hive on the next fine day. Wondering if we should bin the mouldy frames or try and clean them up? What do you do? See ya Gary
Gary is the web designer and chief Propeller-head at kiwimana. He enjoys designing products which solve problems and is passionate about saving the Bees and encouraging urban beekeeping. Gary loves to write about issues that affect the Bees and our environment. He is one of the hosts of the kiwimana buzz Beekeeping podcast.