It appears the girls didn’t survive the snow last weekend. I noticed it was 50F out and there were no bees flying around like there normally are so I grew a little suspicious and peeked in the back, no movement, nothing at the entrance either. So I popped open where the cluster should have been and sure enough there were only 30-40 bees (dead) in the cluster and the rest were at the bottom growing mold.
I took some pictures that I’ll post as soon as I get them uploaded from my phone. I do have some questions.
Why did they die? I assume they just didn’t have the numbers to keep themselves warm, but the mold makes me nervous.
What should I do with the comb and honey? Obviously the bees arent going to be using it, but again, the mold. Also I’d like to put another hive in here in the spring and I’m not sure if thats going to be an issue.