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    Default What is this?

    What am I seeing? A few 2-5 cells amidst a capped brood frame look as if they have been partially/mostly opened. I can see almost fully formed, but still white bees within the cells. It would seem to me that they should be still fully capped awaiting final growth. I noticed
    this in about three frames of capped brood as I looked at one my hives today.
    Laurence
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    Default Re: What is this?

    do you have bees bread for hygenic behavior?

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    Default Re: What is this?

    I saw 2 hives haul out a white unmature bees today. Proably a combination of mite load and the colony getting colony downsized and ready for winter.

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    Hello Lawerence -
    I've seen the same thing in my hives. It appears that the nurse bees have uncapped the cell, found the larvae to be healthy, and do not re-cap. It appears that the larvae then continue to develop successfully uncapped.
    I've seen them in purple eye stage and beyond like this.
    I have discussed this with Tony Jadczak and he says he's seen quite a bit of it. He chalks it up to hygenic behavior and says the bees will develop normally, but uncapped.

    As we say up here, "hard telling not knowing"
    -Erin
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    Default Re: What is this?

    Could this be possible to be drone cells ?

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    Default Re: What is this?

    Thanks for the answers. Not drones, only workers. I do try to get some queens bred for hygenic behavior, and that was my guess what might be going on. I will mark and follow up on any more that I see like that to see if I can tell they continue to develop or they get ousted.
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