thursday August 30th I went to look in on the two bee hives I have in my enclosed back yard. at noon everything was fine and then at 3 pm I notice that there were several hundred dead bees on the ground and both hives had bees coming out and falling to the ground. some bees came out spun in a circle and flew staight up then fell to the ground. By 6 pm the same day 80% of the bees were dead in both hives. there is no smell, no fecal material, the have hair, no oily appearance, wings fully developed, every day there are bees crawling all over the ground. There is brood in each hive and they are hatching, there are eggs in open cells, plenty of honey production, both supers are full and caped off (10 Frames) Anyone got any possible answers? No mites that I can find, the bees on the ground are trying to fly but cant get off the ground and they act like they are drunk. once on their backs they cant right themselves
any other questions? that you want me to answer? every morning there are more bees dying and it has been going on for 5 days now.
Oregon State Agriculture Pesticide Div has taken sample of pollen, honey and dead bees for testing.
Type one Cbpv has the same symptoms as two but there isn't the hairless black bee. They are flightless bees shaking and the the slow die off. I met with Ramerish a professor at OSU who is doing research with honey bees. I took sample bee to him for home to analyze, we talked for hours and after our talk he said that he believes this is a case of organophosphate poisoning and that a die off of 500 bees a day is typical of Cbpv but in my case a die off of thousands of bees in a mater of hrs is more then likely poisoning