Lost two of my strongest hives, most likely due to poor moisture control. I know the hives were strong a couple of weeks ago. Sad loss, but harvested a LOT of honey.
Updated months later: The one hive was lost due to poor moisture control. I had built new quilt boxes and thought at the time that I might not have vented them enough. Turns out I was right. The other hive swarmed three or four times this past year; they basically swarmed themselves to death. There were no dead bees in that hive - they just absconded for whatever weird reason they had that kept them swarming over and over again. Sad, but it happens. I think one loss was preventable but the other was not.
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