Piled Up Dead Winter Bees

It was 8°C in the backyard today. I thought it was time to remove the mouse-proof winter entrance reducers to see how many dead bees have been piling up inside the hives over the winter. Here’s the answer:

I took that photo 10 minutes ago, and it’s only a small taste. Here’s a slideshow that displays the whole gruesome mess:

You can see mould growing on many of the bees along with pieces of wax and other junk. I know the dead bees accumulate over the winter, but this is my first time seeing it. It ain’t pretty.

PHOTOS NOTE (OCTOBER 2015): The photos in this post may not display properly because they were uploaded through Google’s Picasa online photo album service, a service I no longer use because certain updates create more work for me instead of streamlining the process. I will eventually replace the photos with ones hosted on the Mud Songs server. This note will disappear when (or if) that happens.

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