After about a week of checking on the bees everyday, removing the caterpillars, cocoons, and infected honeycomb, I thought progress was being made. However, things changed when I went out the next evening to check on the hive. There was no activity around the hive entrance. As I opened the hive I was greeted with the horrifying sight of dried honeycomb and multiple dead bees scattered throughout the floor of the hive.
Upon further examining the hive, I discovered that ants were crawling around inside. The ants, God’s little clean-up crews were already hard at work.
Emotionally distraught, I closed the hive and return to the house to break the news to the family. I do not know for sure what killed the bees, but, I do know that most weak hives will usually die. As sad as this was, it was just another step in becoming a better beekeeper.
Now looking back over the past several weeks later, I take comfort in these truths, “The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away” and “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven”.