Barb Saunders writes:
Hi. I purchased bees on May 20th, a nuc, this sat. We really had strong wind and heavy rains from the south. My beehive is facing south. Yesterday I noticed a lot of bees, the end result was at least 5 cups of [dead] bees. I checked the bees that night because I didn't have time to open them up that a.m. and the bees seemed very sluggish. Bees were dead on the bottom of the hive and at the bottom opening. When my bee friend came this afternoon, he said they were mostly worker bees that were dead. He opened the hive and they still seemed really slow, but did wake up. We noticed that were 4 deeps that were full of brood and even noticed some little babies. I see some bees outside my hive today, but no activity yesterday. Any thoughts, suggestions, etc. Thanks for any help in advance. Thanks!
Sounds as if they are starving, or have starved. Have you checked to see if they have any food in the larder?