I'm so sorry to have to report that even though I use no pesticides or herbicides of any kind on our Homestead I have lost hive #2. And it seems pretty clear it was Colony Collapse Disorder.
There are no bees present even though the hive was thriving with I would estimate about 75,000 to 100,000 bees about 2 weeks before.
The main culprit these days seems to be the herbicide 24D which has been around since the 40's but has never been used so liberally by so many until recently. To add insult to injury the currant genetic tinkering with plants is to do one better than "Roundup Ready" corn and soy and now we will soon have 24D Ready plants to cause even more liberal sprinklings of toxins into our environment, whether we want them here or not. It seems many of the weeds that used to be killed by Roundup are now resistant. Now they are pulling out the bigger guns (and making bigger $$$$) with 24D.
Do seem I mad? You betcha.
a boatload of info here and here and everywhere, so I am not going to go on about it. I just had to vent a little and let you all know our world is NOT getting more bee friendly unless we make sure it does.
Hive #1 is doing fine. So far...
In my research I ran across this scholarly paper on stepping back and really examining what we are doing to bees.
I am very sad. I feel like my dog died.