3 months ago the hive was going gangbusters… I had to increase from double to triple and the honey flow was amazing. Then i started to see a couple of isolated what I thought was brood cells above the queen excluder…
Then small white grubs appeared (I assume beetle lava ?)
After a couple of weeks the honey flow backed right off…
Going inside I find the bee population decimated to several hundred. These bees look normal and are still flying out collecting as usual BUT NO BROOD as shown here!!
There are lots of bees dead lying all over the queen excluder so they didn’t just swarm,
I feel that most bees died and what is there at the moment are the product of the brood that existed at the time but no queen to lay any more eggs, so its a one way trip to an empty hive.
Is it possible that somewhere local that the bees were foraging was sprayed for some pest and the bees inadvertently brought that back to the hive??
Also I assume that the beetle population I have now is not what killed the bees but without a good strong hive they have been able to flourish. (Also I found that my bees filled the entrances to the beetle trap with propalous?? so they made the trap ineffective.