Hello all fellow beekeepers,
I know it’s really late in the beekeeping year if you live in an area that already got snow. I live in Maryland, and due to a couple setbacks involving queenlessness (3 times!) resulted in treating for varroa rather late in the year. I did a powdered sugar varroa test, and there were a LOT of varroa. I got ApiLifeVar strips, which are more like wafers. I have one Carniolan hive, now with a laying queen (finally), and I applied two wafers of the varroa treatment on top of both my boxes on November 19th; I have a deep box with some brood and a medium super filled to the brim with stores.
Now, especially after I put in the bee meds, I’ve been seeing a ton of dead bees laying in front of the hive. I don’t see any deformed wings, or varroa mites on their backs. They are not fat drones, they are little workers. Did they get cold and die, and then were pushed outside by their sisters? Did they attempt to forage, but couldn’t quite make it home on a cold day? Are they diseased and I don’t see it? Is the medication doing something to them? The weird thing is, sometimes among the dead bees I see healthy looking larvae, just nearly developed, some still wet from just emerging from their cell. It’s really sad, but I don’t know what to do about it. I am going to reapply some more ApiLifeVar in a few days. I still hear a low hum from outside the hive, so they are probably in a tight cluster. We’ve had several days less than 50 degrees Fahrenheit, so I can’t really do an inspection in that cold. Thanks in advance for any help and suggestions; I really don’t want to lose my first hive.