After a “successful” first season it all came crashing down yesterday.
With temps in the 70’s here in VT I conducted a hive inspection and found one (1) yellow jacket. No bees. Not one. None. Zero.
Five days ago the hive was thriving, very populated and active.
I pulled the super inside and harvested all the frames, with a yield of about a half gallon of 20% MC. It’s incredibly delicious, and my strategy is to keep it refrigerated, and warm it up before each use with some hot water. Maybe i’ll freeze some. Not ideal, but that’s OK.
I am set up nice for next season, I plan to add another brood box, I’m thinking they ran out of room and split to find a bigger home.
I certainly learned a lot, and look forward to spring!