In the wake of the unusually warm winter around the world.. my bees have been quite active throughout the winter. I had 5 hives... (keyword HAD) early winter all of a sudden 3 of them just *bloop* up and disappeared... I thought it was strange.. but chocked it up to something I didn't understand (I'm entering into my 3rd year of beekeeping so everythings new new new for me).
I was left with 2 hives.
2 weeks ago the remaining hives were active and doing fine... Now.. today.. I go out to browse through the hives to keep things in check and voila... no bees. I'm devastated.. How is it possible that my hives all just disappeared? They had an abundance of honey stores and pollen.. It has not been cold all winter... They were extremely strong before hand... I really have no idea.. I did find some bees dead.. but very few.. maybe 10.. some stuck in the comb.. others just standing there dead like they had starved.. but how would that be possible with so much reserve?? I don't want to cry CCD just yet because I don't understand yet what happened.. Maybe there is a logical explanation that my newbie brain has passed over...
Of course now the sycamore trees are blooming so I'm miss out on the super dark bitter honey that is so prized here in my area of Italy.. what a tragedy!
Does anyone have any ideas? I found no evidence of beetles or moths either... at least on these last two that disappeared. The other 3 from early winter acquired the moths after 2 months.
Ok.. looking forward to any input and help to come to some conclusions..
Thanks a million everyone..