It rained all night and part of this morning.
I can see the hive from my porch and noted a few, most likely scouts, coming and going very early while it was raining. As soon as it quit I went down to see what was going on. I check it several times a day to see how much pollen is coming in and what color. Still trying to figure out where it is coming from. I know some is from the SpiderWort I have all around the yard.
I was surprised to see several dead bee larva in the grass in front of the hive. I gathered up 9 of them, 2 still moving a bit. I could find no mites using a magnifying glass. There is a bit of dirt and grass on them.
There were also a couple of live full grown Drone with them.
I also saw about 20 bees sitting on blades of grass. I thought they may have gotten too wet during the rain to get back into the hive and most are gone now.
These look like Drones to me…
Do they throw them out if they have too many?
The hive is only 50 days old and from a package. I quit feeding them a few days ago. Even though there seems to be a lot of plants blooming and my Bottle Brush are blooming again, maybe there isn’t enough feed for them. I read the Drones are the first to go when the food supply gets low.
We had a couple of hot days and the entrance seemed awfully crowded so I removed the reducers…perhaps too soon.
I put a couple of large pieces of slate on the ground in front of the hive so it will be easier to see what they are getting rid of.
I just went down to check the slate and saw a worker bring a live Drone out and attack it.
All help greatly appreciated.