Installed my bee package about 4 weeks ago now. Lots of activity at the entrance, bees have drawn out 4 frames and there are lots of new baby bees. Today i noticed about 10 - 20 dead larvae outside the entrance on the ground. There were about 6-10 hive beetle in the sugar feeder (which had dried out) so I took that out and thoroughly cleaned it. There were about the same number of HB in the bottom tray.
- I’ve installed a HB trap - but how many HB in a new hive could cause a problem for a new colony?
- Is it normal to have some dead bees / larvae at the entrance and is 10 - 20 dead larvae something to be concerned about?
- Also - this is a strange one - but when I pulled out the bottom tray there were about 6 live bees buzzing around in there. There is no gap in the mesh or around the tray whatsoever so is it possible some larvae has fallen out of a frame, through the mesh and into the tray and hatched ??