A neighbor lost a hive, and as we took it apart, I saw for the first time what honeybee starvation looks like.
Bee Starvation can happen for a different reasons, here are a few:
• There just isn't enough food to get them thru the winter. This can happen if the beekeeper has taken too much honey off a hive, especially a young hive, and/or has not fed the bees enough 2:1 sugar syrup in the fall, it can also happen for no discernible reason at all. Bee Starvation can happen to the best beekeepers.
• Brood Rearing can start in the late winter, and if the weather has a cold snap, the bees will not leave the brood, even though there may be food in comb a short distance away. Read more on Jim's blog
• Nosema, a bee disease that impairs the bee's digestive tract, can cause winter starvation.
I didn't see any brood on these frames, and there was no honey in the frames, so I'm guessing it was a lack of food stores, but I am not the expert here. What do you know about bee starvation, have you lost bees over the winter?