New hive, with all the bells & whistles
With plastic pierco frames, the smell of beeswax (of which the frames are coated) and pine is great
Sad doesn’t begin to describe it
Pulling what can be used, no way we’ll eat the honey.
The last stand of the last nucleus of bees, all frozen in their last action. Barely decomposed as they probably lasted until a couple of days ago when the temperatures reached -15F.
The hive helped me find my way back home from the forest on more than one occasion. On an unrelated note, I ordered a borescope to see if the bees are still alive. If they are, I will built another top bar hive for next season for sure. If not I’ll have to consider what to do.