Just curious if anyone has any idea on why my bees might have died.
This was just my second winter with bees, so I am learning. I went into winter with three strong hives. I came out with none.
The bees were not dead in a cluster. There was a cluster, but it was about the size of a baseball. The rest of the bees, many, were scattered around the edges of the hive. There were bees littering the bottom board. Literally covering the board. The bees in the cluster were face first in the cells, and piled on top of each other.
There were at least 8 full frames of honey in the top deep. In the bottom deep there was a honey band (5 inches wide) on at least half of the frames.
There were no eggs that I could see, and no evidence of babies anywhere. They were queenright in the fall.
No evidence that I saw that led me to believe any disease was present. But, like I said this will be my third season, and was only my second winter.