I was dismantling a deadout from the winter.
tiny cluster, lots of stores, mediocre summer performance....no treatment....likely varoa/virus

the dead cluster was sitting on a few silver dollar sized patches of capped brood.
the cappings were all perforated heavily.. no noticeable scales. I suppose the brood could have been emerging...but all at once seems unlikely

Kids called me away before I got further. inteneded to do a "rope" test and can tomorrow.

will such a test provide any useful info given that these larva have been dead some time (months likely) and seen multiple freeze thaw cycles over that time?

Will capped brood exposed to these conditions perforate anyway from decomp and freeze expansion?