Oxford Bees

Colony 04

Submitted by will on Fri, 06/04/2018 - 20:00

This colony came as a cast swarm from a feral colony in Collinwood Road, Risinghurst in May 2016. It was housed in Hive D.

It died in the spring of 2020. There appeared to be a Queen failure. The hive appeared to be occupied but the bees dwindled and eventually disappeared. There were no dead inside the hive and only the normal number outside*. The robbing gave the impression of activity where maybe there was none. The colony may have died much earlier than I had realised.

* There are usually quite a few dead outside all my hives in spring

Location
Central Oxford
Origin of swarm
Feral colony in Collinwood Road, Risinghurst
Start Date
End Date
Untreated since date
Seasons untreated
4
What happened to the colony?
Dwindled. Probably queen failure. No evidence of exposure or starvation.