Re: Queen cells not hatching
from randy olivers article last month in ABJ pristine and dying q cells. his description seems the same although it's not really pristine that is causing the problem.
reported were poor “take” of grafts, or
that the queens would develop through the
pupal stage, and then die as they were in the
process of changing into adults. When the
producers uncapped the cells of the dead
queens, they would find white or colored
pupae, or deformed adults. Pay attention, because
this is where it gets really interesting!
Dimilin is a “chitin synthesis inhibitor,”
meaning that it arrests the formation
of an insect’s exoskeleton, a process that
is critical as a pupa metamorphoses into
an adult. This is what makes it more environmentally
safe—it only kills developing
insects, not the adults, or other forms of life
(although it is extremely toxic to aquatic
only a WAG, but I was interested as I had the same problem last year in one hive with one queen, and they all failed. but no one sprayed anything in the area.
mike syracuse ny
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