Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.
Does anyone else have small brown and black dots around the entrance to their hives. I fear this may be the dreaded nosema. I was still having a lot of activity around the entrance until a few days ago. Now nothing. Hopefully, I haven't lost them. Two of my hives are seemingly affected. I haven't opened them up yet from winter, so haven't been able to do a thorough analysis. I will do that on a much less windy and chilly morning. Also, if you think that you have had this, can you thoroughly clean the box and reuse it, or is it best to burn it and build another box?
thanks Wendy. I haven't seen any activity for the past few days and I am going to open them up right now. i will let you know what I find.
thinking positively for you .
When I opened them up, there were no black dots on the inside of the hive, so I can rule out the nosema thing. One hive, I think may have frozen. There was no queen or brood and mostly empty comb except for one full bar of honey at the back and lots of dead bees on the floor. The other hive had almost no bees in it and those were dead. the comb was intact but there was a lot of sawdusty flakes of pollen on the floors of both hives. I didn't see any deteriorated/moth chewed comb, so I don't know what this could be. I was thinking maybe these hives had gotten robbed and then died. There were no supercedure cells to make me think that the empty group swarmed. Just gone. I don't think it is CCD. Any thoughts?
thanks for the feedback Christina. I think that my situation sounds a lot like yours. My two remaining hives are extremely healthy, so I think that they might have robbed the others. I am not too disheartened because I have some survivors! Endless fascination these small and mighty creatures provide.