Friday morning I got the call to pick up the 6 nucs of Russians I've been waiting for. Ten hours of driving, back after dark so this morning I started preparing to hive them.
It all seemed to go quite well. Very gentle. No smoke, just a light bit of sprayed sugar water. They were happy throughout the process.
However at the end I saw something in the bottom of a nuc I had never seen before. At first it seemed like oversized pollen pellets, but on closer examination it looks like the abdomens of bees, white, and some had dark blue/green to black outer coatings. Chalky white. The textbooks seem to confirm my suspicion.
Here's a link to a photo.
As of the time of writing the books I consulted there was not a treatment other than sun and drying conditions. I can put some better ventilation on tomorrow. They're in full sun from dawn till 8:00PM now.
Anything new to do ???