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    not sure what might be causing this but i figured it could be a disease/pest so i posted here.

    images can be found here http://s37.photobucket.com/albums/e89/afss/gb/ sorry they aren't the best quality, phone camera.

    any ideas/explanations

    thanks
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    Default Re: not sure

    1. Your bees might running out of food and eat the larva?
    2. You might have a big Varroa problem, larva die already in the cells and the bees try to clean the combs.

    The bee in the middle of the comb has a NICE Varroa on her back.

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    It is too late for a Thymol or formic treatment; the temperatures are not high enough for a successful treatment.
    I would treat with a vaporizer and OA at least 4 times a week apart. Remember your bees producing winter bees and there is no guarantee for the hive to survive.
    Next year start treating in August when the mites are on the last summer bees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Axtmann View Post
    The bee in the middle of the comb has a NICE Varroa on her back.
    I see it too....might be too late for this hive!!!

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    Since virtually all hives anywhere have some varroa, I wouldn’t throw in the towel just yet. What you might be actually observing is hygienic behavior. Which is what we are trying to cultivate in our bee stock. Read the article ( Getting Bee Back on Their Own Six Feet) in October American Bee Journal, written by Dr. Marla Spivak University of Minnesota. I attended her queen rearing class in July, hygienic behavior is a top priority in stock selection. If indeed your bees are exhibiting hygienic behavior your hive will not only survive but will flourish.
    The Busy Bee teaches two lessons: One is not to be idle and the other is not to get stung.

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    Default Re: not sure

    There's another mite on one of the bees to the right. She appears to be trying to groom it off of her thorax.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brent Bean View Post
    If indeed your bees are exhibiting hygienic behavior your hive will not only survive but will flourish.
    Only way to know is do a mite count. Alcohol wash is most accurate... if they are loaded with mites and accompanying virus they certainly won't survive the winter. Time to check is almost past.

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    Alcohol wash is most accurate……. Well you have to kill approx 300 bees you need in a hive this time of the year.

    With alcohol wash you will know how many mites are on 300 bees. With one OA evaporation, it takes 2 minutes without harm the bees; you will know 24-48 hours later how many mites your hive has. You kill all mites outside closed cells and not only a few on 300 bees.

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    Default Re: not sure

    i only see the one bee with a mite
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    Default Re: not sure

    Many of the uncapped larvae are in a row or line. Could be a wax worm burrowing underneath killing the pupae.

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    i don't think we have wax moths here and yhey don't seem to be in a line.
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