About 2 weeks ago I looked in my hive when it was cold and there were dead bees everywhere. It looked like they were just frozen in place because the bodies looked good and fresh but there was absolutely no movement anywhere. Not sure if they starved (probably, though I saw some pollen cells and honey cells....but not many. And I didn't haven't fed because I thought they had enough stores.
Anyway, today- just 10 days later, it was almost 70 degrees here (unbelievable!!!) and I walked by my hive and noticed there were bees everywhere!!! I also saw them working my fully bloomed pluot. Well, obviously I am thrilled that my have has bees again.....but I'm very confused (a state I stay in when it comes to bee keeping). What happened do you think? Is it possible that the day i looked in the hive, the bees I thought were dead were just in some kind of suspended animation/hibernation ? You think there would have been SOME movement, or one or two odd bees would have been climbing around? It seems impossible that I couldn't tell dead bees from live ones, and I doubt very seriously they weren't dead, but I don't know how else to explain what is going on?????
Another possible explanation/scenario is that a swarm came along and took up residence in my hive. That seems unlikely this early but I sure don't know. I just can't see how I had a hive full of dead bees (pretty sure) and then 10 days later it seems to have a huge number of bees in it. What the heck? Thanks all.
And that was a cool video, @hoosierquilt . Recently on LaBron James reality tv show where he (his people) pick 2 up and coming small businesses and have them compete for a big LeBron cash infusion and "partnership", one of the businesses they had was an urban beekeeper who put hives in peoples yards around downtown CLEVELAND Ohio of all places. Just like in your video. I was blown away. I wouldn't have imagined there would be enough blooming plants to support bees in those places (maybe they just fed them everything they needed?). It was so amazing because it would show all these slums and abandon factories and crack houses and then bee hives and a guy from that area making a living off bees. It was just such an amazing contrast and seemed like such a wonderful project. (he didn't get picked, though- darn it). But your video and that show really put bee keeping in a new and neat light for me.