Dead and dying bees

Beekeeping Forum

Help Support Beekeeping Forum:

robmort 

New Bee
Joined
Jan 24, 2018
Messages
93
Reaction score
26
Location
Bosham, W. Sussex
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
4
Look underneath when they have stopped flying in the evening. If you see clusters of bees they need removing and putting at the entrance. Let me know because I am fairly sure this will be the problem!
No, I look every evening (and several times during the day) and there are no bees clustering anywhere except when it's warm and sunny.
 

drex 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 4, 2009
Messages
2,887
Reaction score
344
Location
N.E. Essex
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
10
Here it is bright intermittent sunshine with a stiff wind. 10 degrees by thermometer. My bees are flying like mad. However I am constantly taking my coat off when sun is out, getting very chilled and putting it back on when the clouds appear. Bet that is what is happening to your bees ( not the coat bit, before anyone comments)
 

viridens 

Field Bee
Joined
Jul 24, 2010
Messages
718
Reaction score
62
Location
Somerset
Hive Type
warre
Number of Hives
4. Experimenting with Warres after 30 years of Nationals
Exactly. Air temperatures are at record lows for this time of year. but the sun is packing some power. The pity is that without coats any bees that go down in shady areas stay down, especially with sub-zero night temperatures. There must be a small but steady loss to colony numbers.
 

jenkinsbrynmair 

Queen Bee
BeeKeeping Supporter
Joined
Mar 30, 2011
Messages
26,220
Reaction score
3,752
Location
Glanaman,Carmarthenshire,Wales
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
Too many - but not nearly enough
Bees getting chilled during foraging early season - normal
Bees drowning at a water source whilst collecting water to dissolve stores/feed brood - normal
Hives sat on paving stones so that bee mortalities look a lot worse than what it actually is - normal
What is a few hundred (if it actually is that many) from four or so 14x12 hives? - nothing
 

viridens 

Field Bee
Joined
Jul 24, 2010
Messages
718
Reaction score
62
Location
Somerset
Hive Type
warre
Number of Hives
4. Experimenting with Warres after 30 years of Nationals
Bees getting chilled during foraging early season - normal
Bees drowning at a water source whilst collecting water to dissolve stores/feed brood - normal
Hives sat on paving stones so that bee mortalities look a lot worse than what it actually is - normal
What is a few hundred (if it actually is that many) from four or so 14x12 hives? - nothing
Agreed. As I said, a small but steady loss. which is worse than usual here, an amount which could worry new Beeks and the OP.
My other half has noticed the increase. She complains (quite rightly) when I walk the squashed workers into the house, especially when there are streaks of (bee!) poo and pollen. The door mat is a right mess. The sparrows that normally clean up crawlers and hawk for foragers seem to have gone this year, but that's another story.
 
Last edited:

Antipodes 

Drone Bee
Joined
Mar 24, 2019
Messages
1,197
Reaction score
436
Location
Tasmania
Hive Type
langstroth
Don't fix yourself to that nosema.

Are you some kind of forum exorcist?
Obviously not, as you are still on it!:ROFLMAO:

We have a saying down under, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks". You need to find out yourself what happens to nosemic bees when they fly in spring. I cannot teach it to you.
 

Finman 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
25,972
Reaction score
420
Location
Finland, Helsinki
Hive Type
langstroth
Obviously not, as you are still on it!:ROFLMAO:

We have a saying down under, "you can't teach an old dog new tricks". You need to find out yourself what happens to nosemic bees when they fly in spring. I cannot teach it to you.
We have a saying that Australians cannot see nosema in Europa from that distance.

That is s good attitude, that you treat another person as a dog. It helps learning happening.

I am with you, that you cannot teach me what the spring is.
 
Last edited:

Antipodes 

Drone Bee
Joined
Mar 24, 2019
Messages
1,197
Reaction score
436
Location
Tasmania
Hive Type
langstroth
We have a saying that Australians cannot see nosema in Europa from that distance.

That is s good attitude, that you treat another person as a dog. It helps learning happening.

I am with you, that you cannot teach me what the spring is.
It's different here anyhow. We have cold days and strong sun. If you came here you would be surprised. Your face would be burnt like a chip whilst you are in your thick coat.
 

Finman 

Queen Bee
Joined
Nov 8, 2008
Messages
25,972
Reaction score
420
Location
Finland, Helsinki
Hive Type
langstroth
9
It's different here anyhow. We have cold days and strong sun. If you came here you would be surprised. Your face would be burnt like a chip whilst you are in your thick coat.
If you come here, your bells will be frozen.

You surely have cold days. I have seen in youtube that you gave hot days and rainy days too. And car days of course.
.
 

rook66 

House Bee
BeeKeeping Supporter
Joined
Dec 8, 2009
Messages
267
Reaction score
11
Location
uk
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
30
9
:giggle:

If you come here, your bells will be frozen.

You surely have cold days. I have seen in youtube that you gave hot days and rainy days too. And car days of course.
.
You never lost it Finnie, in fact you get better with age.
 

Ian123 

Queen Bee
BeeKeeping Supporter
Joined
Jun 20, 2018
Messages
3,248
Reaction score
925
Location
surrey
Hive Type
none
You never lost it Finnie, in fact you get better with age.
If you think he’s good here you should have seen him on the US forums many years ago😂
 

Erichalfbee 

Super Moderator
Staff member
Moderator
BeeKeeping Supporter
Joined
Jul 23, 2009
Messages
21,469
Reaction score
3,220
Location
Ceredigion
Hive Type
14x12
Number of Hives
7
If you think he’s good here you should have seen him on the US forums many years ago😂
Loved it.
But I thank my lucky stars age has mellowed our Finnish friend
This forum must be one of his last outposts..... :cool:
 

Arfermo 

Queen Bee
Joined
Jul 6, 2010
Messages
2,520
Reaction score
200
Location
Midlands
Hive Type
national
Number of Hives
Enough
I switched Finnie off some years ago. If he has really mellowed I might let him try to annoy me again!! :hairpull: :hairpull: :devilish:
 

Latest posts

Top