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  1. #1
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    May 2004
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    Iowa City, Iowa
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    Two of my strong hives have been pulling out capped pupae and dumping them at the front of the hive. The hives are very strong with a zillion bees, although they are invested with mites.

    The pupae are still alive when I find them and I don't see any mites on them.

    Other than the mites found on the sticky boards the hives seem very healthy.

    Does anyone know why they are doing this?

  2. #2
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    Worthington, Pennsylvania USA
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    Most likely they are drone brood, the colony does not need any drone to feed and use up the colony stores of honey. If it were worker brood it would be a sign of the colony starving.
    "Younz" have a great day, I will.

  3. #3
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    Oceano, California, USA
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    If they are not drones (big eyes) check to see if the bees are deformed, like with shriveled wings.

  4. #4
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    May 2004
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    Iowa City, Iowa
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    Thanks for the responses.

    Most are drone brood but some are workers. I looked at the workers closer, and yes there does seem to be some deformity. At first I just thought they had gotten beaten up when being pulled from the cell, but maybe not.

    I should have read the post "Drone brood" before I posted my question, since it seems to be covering a similar scenario.

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