Hi Brain’s Trust. My bees seem to be powering on… lots in and out during the day, the hive smells like honey (always a good sign). Last weekend i found, for the first time, around 20-30 dead bees. Should i be worried? This is more dead bees than I have seen before at any one time. The ants usually do a good job at the clean up but not this time.
We were inundated by water in the April 1 floods and the ants may have been knocked out of action but would have recovered by now. The hive was not affected by the water.
My question is this: if the life-cycle of a worker bee is between 60-90 days and if the hive is a strong hive, how may bees should die every day and where do they die?. Do they return to the hive, or give up the ghost in the fields? Should i worry about this loss of bees at the front door of the hive?