If you have been following along on my MooseBoots journey, you know that many of my learning experiences begin with failure. (If you have not been reading along, we'll wait while you catch up.) These failures, life's little unexpected twists, provide much more fertile soil for growing wisdom and learning, as frustrating as they are.
You also know that this was my first year with bees. And while I have read a few books and spoken with a few people, I still rely on my instinct, intuition, and observation to help me along. Since early on, I knew there was a problem, but .... Then, I re-queened, but ... the hive is clearly dead.
I checked in recently and found a vast wasteland. Dead bees litter the floor of the hive. The honey stores are gone. There are no eggs or larva. Only a few dozen bees remain. I do not know what went wrong, or when. Obviously, I re-queened too late for any effect.
All that remains is to clean it up and try again next year. My MooseBoots path will continue. I will learn what I can from this and move on. I am sorry, Bees, I have failed you. Please, offer me guidance and insight so that I can work with you next year with more beneficial results for us all.