Beekeepers have some unique traits. One of those unique traits is our obsession with examining dead bees especially after an entire colony dies. We take pictures of our dead bees and post them in beekeeper groups on social media. I spent a significant portion of time one day this week examining photos of dead bees from a hive in Alabama trying to figure out why the bees died. It occurred to me after the fact, that many people may not consider this behavior normal.
Have you noticed that whenever things don’t work out the way people want people frequently say, “Well, at least I learned a lot.” “I learned a lot,” is a nice code phrase that lets people know that things didn’t go well at all but you are either choosing to be optimistic or you don’t want to share your problems with the world. In Part I, I discussed how Doug and I were treating our bees with formic acid to lower the varroa mite levels. In case you were wondering how things went with the treatment, all I can say is: “Well, at least we learned a lot.” Continue reading