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New beehive maybe 3 months old, two levels and bees are doing great....until this yesterday! Is this normal? All seemed on in terms of normal dead bees and no mutations. Also every so often two or three pop out and do a random buzzing dance before the die. Could it be poisoning? Spray time at vineyards here in Marlborough!

 

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Hi Team

New beehive maybe 3 months old, two levels and bees are doing great....until this yesterday! Is this normal? All seemed on in terms of normal dead bees and no mutations. Also every so often two or three pop out and do a random buzzing dance before the die. Could it be poisoning? Spray time at vineyards here in Marlborough!

If it is poisoning then it should be reported. It might help to collect a half cup of dead bees in a snap lock bag while they're fresh and put them in the freezer. Mark the bag with the date and time of collection.

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Tartangeek, are you able to say roughly what part of Blenheim your hive is at? You don't need to be specific.

 

Hopefully you will have the bees tested to check the cause of the deaths. If the testing is expensive I'd be happy to contribute to this, regardless of whether your hive is near mine (which seems okay, so far).

 

Are you a member of the Marlborough Bee Club?

 

Parts of the Blenheim township is surrounded by vineyards and I'd be concerned if your bees died from spraying in vineyards (my backyard hive is about 300m from the nearest vineyard).

 

Incidentally, yesterday I found a dying bee with a deformed wing - at my place but away from the hive - I don't think she was one of mine - different colour. Have collected this.

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Incidentally, yesterday I found a dying bee with a deformed wing - at my place but away from the hive - I don't think she was one of mine - different colour. Have collected this.

If she had a deformed wing then she either crawled there or was dropped a few meters from her hive by a cleaner bee. Either way, odds are that she came from your beehive.

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If she had a deformed wing then she either crawled there or was dropped a few meters from her hive by a cleaner bee. Either way, odds are that she came from your beehive.

 

Ok, thanks. I'll try to take a pic tomorrow, or at least compare with what pics I can find, first.

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I have dozens of hives in vineyards. No problems at all. I have however had several poison cases in my urban bee hives. I expect it is an ant or wasp poison issue when they turn up in urban hives. Usually shows as lots of dead bees out front, tounges out etc. Hives never really recover. Have moved them to new sites, re queened but i think its poison in the honey stocks. Never lost one but they never do well.

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Hi Guys

Thanks for the replies. Opened beehive today and took pictures. A few Drones about lots of bees seemingly happy, Still cannot see the Queen - I am a newbie after all- but lots of stores and brood and I can see larvae in there but I cannot see new eggs. Plus I use a Hive Doctor base and there were lots of dead bees there as well. Have checked around with Neighbours and nobody has sprayed anything nearby so bit confused. I will contact my local Beekeepers Club

 

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Hang in there @tartangeek they look like they should recover as @Trevor Gillbanks said.

I'm about as new to beekeeping as you are, so if I'm off the mark someone will correct me but I would think that one of your neighbours has bug sprayed something that your girls are foraging on. If this is the case then it will probably happen again. You might consider having a neighbourly chat with them to see if someone has accidentally caused this. A jar of honey (when you get some) might help them to remember the bees come spraying time (apparently there are ways to spray to minimise effects on bees, I personally don't spray, or garden)

Contact numbers for the Marlborough Beekeepers Association can be found at Clubs & Speciality Groups - Apiculture New Zealand

Or see them on Facebook "Marlborough Beekeepers Association"

Might see you there ;)

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