I'll be the first to admit, I've been a lazy beekeeper...or more accurately, just too much on my plate (between keeping ducks, playing my guitar, brewing beer, kayaking, world travel etc..)..
Yes, last year was very dry up here and I did have a growing varroa mite problem and I never medicated...and rarely fed them, then we had that storm that blew the cover off and left just the inner cover to shield them from 2 inches of rain in September.
All that abuse & neglect was just too much to bear.. even for bees! Now I'm thinking of giving this another shot... but wonder if anyone can identify what these piles of white stuff in the comb is.(same consistancy as pollen).. and also... can I re-use these frames again... how should I prepare them for my next group of 'victims'???
I fixed the images, check the link addys to see what went wrong - I'll write you about the photos, let the gang work on this!!!