Over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed an inordinate amount of bees crawling over the sunny stone path leading to the hives. A few others spotted in other parts of the garden, but for some reason 80% of them choose this path— on any given day there could be as many as 100 (I don’t know what the turnover is, so perhaps it’s the same 100 for a while…)
Should I assume that something is seriously wrong with one or more of my 4 hives? If so, since I have seen some signs of dysentery on the supers, do those two signs add up to a recognizable disease? The proportion of these crawlers that have shredded or deformed wings is relatively low - I’d say 20-ish %.
Reading through the bee disease books, I’m finding ways to diagnose them with everything from Nosema to appendicitis…
Any guidance greatly appreciated!