I hoped to post today about my beautiful new queenbees. I would tell you about how fat they are and how happy. I would instruct you on the markings on her back (red for 2008). You would be fascinated and leave me nice bee positive comments.
My queen supplier called in tears on Wednesday. She went to her queen-bank and found that all 50 of her queens were dead. 50. Dead for no apparent reason.
Sadly the bad news doesn't stop there. Because she doesn't have queens, I have to figure out what to do with my hives for the next 3 weeks until she does. Because I had prepared to received the queens, it's likely that I will loose my hives or diminish them significantly.
And that's true for every person who was waiting for a queen.
It's a brave new world folks. I'll let you know what happens.