The hive itself was a big as a large softball. Quite a contrast from last summer when bees were bearding outside of the hive.
* Lots of mold, on both bees, and some foundation cells near the bottom of the hive.
I seems that dead bees have been on bottom long time. - Or bees have died during long period. And you had food in the hive?
That is normal at all. Thracheal mite, varroa ?
Once I had a normal hive. Full box when I feeded it for winter. I saw that it has a lot varroa. After a month it has 20% bees left.
Nosema attach later at winter.[/quote]