So pulled one hive apart to inspect the dead out and figure out what went wrong. First box, full of honey probably 60+lbs plus a ton of granulated sugar on top of that –very few bees with their heads in cells. This pretty much rules out a starvation theory, and now I have to delve deeper.
|Clearly a great deal of stores left|
You can imagine, if the few dead bees clinging to the combs had two visible signs of mites, what the dead ones on the bottom boards must of had.
Result: Varroa killed the bees!