Damn yellow jackets! The murderous bastards!
2 weeks ago I went thru the hive, checking how things were and I removed 3 frames of honey. The bottom 2 mediums were completely empty, but since the bees were getting antsy I closed up the hive with a ToDo to remove the bottom boxes.
Sunday I went into the hive to remove the boxes, the hive had a lot of yellow jacks in it and no bees. All the honey was gone and the yellow jackets were removing the brood that was still left. They killed off the nest!
I saw what looked like bearding last week due to the high temps, it was probably in response to the # of yellow jackets invading. I expect the bees absconded and left the nest to the damn yellow jackets.
Next year I am hanging up yellow jackets traps all over when the queens hatch out so I can kill as many of the damn queens as I can. L has become really allergic to them and is afraid to get stung by them.
A lesson learned. No more Mr Nice Guy to the yellow jackets.