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  1. #1
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    Why would a immature..white but alive..bee be taken out of the hive? I noticed this happening yesterday at my new hive, a worker took the live bee and droped it out of the hive ...it didn't look like any thing was wrong with the bee ,only ..still white ,immature. Any help.. THANKS, Matt

  2. #2
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    They could be drones. In the fall we poor males are seen in a different light. If it is drones then I would not be alarmed.

    How many are you seeing??

    Are they on the large size??

    Can you detect any deformaties?

  3. #3
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    my newbee guess would be you're seeing hygenic behaviour.
    There is something wrong with the young bee (varroa maybe?)
    if so, that's a good thing
    (hygenic behaviour, not varroa)

    Dave

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    it was just one bee and I didn't see any deformities or mites...it looked about 1/4 smaller than the bee that was totin it! thanks for your quick response...Matt

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    and yes...these girls have good hygene...they keep the ground under the intrance covered with their house keeping refuse ...Matt

  6. #6
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    One is a "not to worry" situation.

    Stress will cause this as well. Like moving or being screened in.

  7. #7
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    Matt, sometime in the future you may see this again. Sometimes when we examine our hives we may slightly damage some brood cells & the bees will do some self cleaning.

  8. #8
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    Good point JP........ Everytime I dig in to checkerboard, brood is damaged.

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