Stopped by a small satellite Apiary I started earlier at my daughter’s home about 15 miles from my home Apiary !
As I approached the two hives I noted the 5 frame three deep Nuc on the right was less than active. I paused to observe (it was cooler today) … Nope the hive on the left (an 8 frame hive) was still fairly busy. Then I observed the ground in front of n beneath the smaller Nuc style hive.
I quickly did an inspection to the left hive (Alder Hive) … the bees inside n out were active n healthy. So on the the smaller Nuc hive (Hemlock).
What had been a bustling health n rapidly growing colony … three deeps High was oddly quiet n empty in the top super … I layed it aside to reveal the second super equally as lifeless n empty. I set that super aside too … now some bees on top of the frames looked dossile n not so healthy.
Conclusion: Hemlock has found some possible insecticide. It was sad cleaning a pile (in places on the SBB 1” plus deep) … not sure the rest of the colony will pull thru from this possible environmental hazzard.
Here’s several pix’s of what I found today: