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  1. #1
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    Default wriggling abdomen

    This is not a thread about Britney Spears.

    I can usually see bees off by themselves contorting their abdomen in a circular motion. They OK? Any ideas about what they are doing. It looks bad and not good but that's a newbees guess.

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    Are they "struggling" w/ V-mites somewhere on their bodies?

    Look closely for a small reddish-brown "dot" hidden somewhere on the "wrigglers".

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    Thanks. I'll check.

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    Sounds similar to symptoms caused by varroa to me, migt possibley be trachael mite too I suppose, causing lack of oxygen.

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    I'll assume your not talking about a "waggle dance".

    Bees will beg for grooming when something like v-mites are bothering them. If they wriggle, and you see a another bee come to it's aid indicated by some type of grooming, then I would go with a v-mite.

    This situation has been noted in years past, and I think it was naturebee that had a specific term to define this type of grooming. I know this was discussed here on beesource a few times. And you can see this type behavior very clearly with an observation hive. (which every beekeeper should have!)

    It is a highly valued trait.

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    If it's not the "get it off me!" move that happens with mites here's another possibility: I see it when I do bulk feeding and some bees get sticky. They'll be on the sides of the drum doing this, Part of the cleaning up. They swing the abdomen in a big circle while trying to clean with the back legs. Some of them take a while but eventually they fly off.

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