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Whidbey Island Washington Beekeeping & Honeybees - Lavender Honey - Green Road Farm - Tim Walsh

Starving Bees

May 30th 2010

Starved Bees…

You will also notice dead bees with their heads buried into the honeycomb in a last ditch effort to find food. I should have taken a picture of that but was sort of shocked by the whole thing.

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This is how I found my strongest hive this week. This hive came out of the winter just fine and the bees have  been busy collecting pollen and nectar since April or so.

I have not fed any of the hives this year as part of my “leave the bee’s be” campaign this year but obviously they need a little help.

When I opened up the hive there was a lot of condensation at the top of the hive probably due to the lack of  ventilation. The front of the hive is nearly blocked off with dead bees. A lot of these bees were actually still alive but were barely moving.

There were still a lot of bees alive in the hive and so I gave them a 1:1 ratio of syrup and they were all over it within 1/2 hour.

Bees will be found head first in the comb when they have starved.
Starving Bees

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NOTES: During the Spring hive inspections check to see how much capped honey there is. When supplies are low or non existent feed them.

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