They are gone, all gone! None of our honeybees survived this long, cold winter. I guess that means we are disqualified as beekeepers since we didn't do so well keeping them.
What happened? We did an inspection today and found they all had plenty of surplus honey stores so they didn't starve to death. We also found that they did not die in a cluster formation, which means they didn't freeze to death. The few dead ones that remained were scattered around the hives in random poses, none with their heads poking into the comb. There were no signs of any disease, mites or other pests. Perhaps it was CCD? Perhaps it was bad genetics? Perhaps it was pesticides?
We'll order more and start again. Maybe we'll go back to Italians again or try some Russians.