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  1. #1
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    Default Dead bee larvae and one with shriveled wings 10 day NUCS

    One dead bee larvae on the porch and in the other hive I saw a bee acting very
    strange with shriveled wings. I just got these NUCS 10 days ago. Is this a sign of
    trouble or normal?

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    Default Re: Dead bee larvae and one with shriveled wings 10 day NUCS

    I think its a sign that you should do some non-invasive monitoring of varroa levels. Do you have a screened bottom board? If so, I'd start regularly checking for mite drop.

    After the population starts growing, I'd also consider a sugar-roll or alcohol wash test.

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    Default Re: Dead bee larvae and one with shriveled wings 10 day NUCS

    Yes I do have a SBB. Inspecting the bees when I first got them 10 days ago I did not notice any mites. I will keep an eye on it.

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    Default Re: Dead bee larvae and one with shriveled wings 10 day NUCS

    The shriveled wings are a sign of DWV - Deformed Wing Virus, carried by the mites. You probably have a serious mite problem, and ought to follow the recommended protocol for your type of bees.
    Regards,
    Steven
    "If all you have is a hammer, the whole world is a nail." - A.H. Maslow

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