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I returned some supers to hives this afternoon, having extracted some honey. I noticed that a nuc which was an artificial swarm done last week had a small pile of dead bees outside the entrance: closer inspection revealed they were all drones – obviously surplus to requirement at this time for that colony and maybe a sign of a lack of food, which I quickly checked, though there seemed sufficient. Poor blokes!