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    Arrow brown caps????

    looks funny to me what is it??? i managed to spray them long enough to get this picture, but thats all i could get before they had me covered so bad i couldnt see thanks

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    Not sure what you are asking.

    The brown caps, as per your title to the thread, are brood.
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    Looks like normal capped brood to me. It gets a little dirty with all those feet tromping on it.

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    sorry guys, i didnt make it clear, i just got mobed buy 1000s of lil sob's man are they hot..

    anyway i was refering to the uneven spaces and the odd color of the brood capings, they just looked too dark, im hoping to see if its the queen laying?? and not a worker. i dont know enough to tell if there is a difference, thanks again
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    They are not too dark. Just old comb. It is a laying queen as the brood pattern suggestes that they are worker bees.

    I would say that it does look like a spoty brood pattern though which suggests it might be time to replace the queen.
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    are you using smoke when you work your bees or just sugar water?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chef Isaac View Post
    are you using smoke when you work your bees or just sugar water?
    well i tried smoke in more than 1 way didnt phase them.. so i got one of the small pump up sprayers and tried that tonight,,,didnt work

    i am waiting for a new ziper veil/jacket to come in, then il feel safe er right now they have found ways to get into my old junk stuf i use now, and they will light you up when they do get in, i need to requeen when the jacket gets here, but now they got me scared of them tonight an hour or so after i messed with them i was sitting on the front porch and 1 went by and made a u turn to get me, he would quit he was tryin his darndest to get me. i won that round thanks again
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    I love my full suite. The only problem is is when it is hot it is a drag. For the past three years, I havent used smoke with the bees but I think I need to change my ways.
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    Looks like sealed worker brood in center of comb, with some small droplets of water, and partially covered by worker bees.
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    Default Could be time to hatch

    I had two different colored brood cappings last year and "panicked" the inner circle was a noticable dark brown and the outer part of the circle a lighter color. I was sure that my hive had some horrible disease no one had ever heard of or I would have to burn it or worse the USDA would come and quarantine me. Well after calming down some and reading up I went back to the hive and low and behold there were workers actually hatching out, apparently when they are in the process of chewing their way out of the comb the cappings look much darker as they make their way through, anyway that was what I observed as a new beek. The pattern is spotty if it doesn't clean up probably should requeen.

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    If they are always hot, I'd requeen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    If they are always hot, I'd requeen.
    always hot aint the word for it you can walk 20 feet away from the hive and 2-3 will come out after you, and there out to kill

    waiting for new jacket so i can stay in there longer and find the queen and then its off with her head

    thanks to all for the help, i got this hive in a hury siuation and now im scrambling to "learn" its a bit different in real life than reading books "the books dont try to kill you" LOL
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