Yet another interesting observation today. I went out to check on the hive and sat and watched them come and go for a couple minutes when I noticed one bee carrying a large white object out the front entrance. It seemed to take a lot of effort to drag it and once it got to the edge of the hive it was able to fly about six inches up and six inches away into our lawn where it then dumped the white object. While it had been in mid-air, it almost seemed like the white thing was alive and wriggling. I went over to where it lay in the lawn and found that it was a honey bee that was near the final stages of pupation. It seemed to be large in size, but not queen size, and it had absolutely no pigment just yet.
I went in the house to grab my video camera and bring my husband out to look at it. Video camera had no juice, but when I brought Andrew out with me we were both able to witness another body being disposed of. Later in the day I found a total of three carcases in the lawn. I have no idea what this means, if anything, for my hive. A couple of online searches mentioned potential viruses and mite problems, another talked about how some hives can over-estimate on the number of drones they should produce in the spring and how they cart off the extra ones.
I’ve charged up my camera and plan to go out tomorrow around the same time to see if I can catch them in the act again.