i was talking with a local "bee dude" and he said that the winter kill was terrible this year in south central pa. he reported that he and three other local producers lost about 80% of their hives. i am unsure what happened but it was not normal winter-kill. penn state folks cme by and checked his place. i do not think they are sure what caused it but that it was either mites or disease. has anyone else had this poor of luck this year? i am having second thoughts about investing money in bees this year.