The Florida Bee Farm" is a mini eco-farm located in Clearwater Florida and completely solar powered. Our eleven hives of pampered (spoiled) honey bees produce delicious local honey. We utilize organic growing methods with naturally made compost and tonics to repel pests. Irrigation system fed by a rain barrel collection system powered by solar electric.
While visiting the bee farm yesterday I noticed a large dark spot in front of one of our strongest hive. Unfortunately the dark spot was a pile of dead and dying bees. And it spanned a good size area. I immediately suited up and opened all the hives to look for anything that might have caused this disaster. Nothing inside the hives gave me any clue as to what caused this tragedy. The good news is the hive still was loaded with healthy bees. The bad news was the next morning there was a fresh new batch of squirming bees in agony on the ground in front of the hive entrance. It will probably be a couple days before we know how many will die.
A couple new plants
After going into the hives yesterday, I then noticed all the milkweed plants were stripped bare by a bunch of hungry caterpillars. What a day.