Okay, not the complete death of a hive. Just some. Trevor inspected Hive #2 the other night to assess how much they would need to be fed this winter. When he opened the hive it was obvious that the hive had swarmed and left because of a wax moth infestation. We killed all of the larvae and moths we could find.
This was the hive that was poorly insulated to begin with, so we aren’t entirely surprised that something snuck in. Hive #2 was actually due to be replaced this spring because of some encroaching mold, but we just didn’t get around to it before the move and before the bees started building comb for the year.
Hive #1 was moth free, however. So that’s the good news. Now we really have no choice but to buy or build a new hive. This time around we will be a little wiser and use a hive with thick walls and a fitting top and lid. Trevor wants to split Hive #1 in the spring and then purchase a new starter nuc with a queen to replace Hive #2. He was blabbering about some sort of Cornelian hybrid… Maybe he will leave a comment saying exactly what he is looking for.
Long story short, the farm is down to one hive to overwinter. Hopefully we will have it together enough to be up to three hives in the spring. Fingers crossed, breath held.