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Thread: Is this Nosema?

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    Default Is this Nosema?

    Both the 3# package hives I put in on Monday have "spots" on the landing strip (is that what it's called?) on the hive bottom. The hive with the caught swarm doesn't have the spots. One of the package hives had some bees on the bottom board that didn't appear to be acting normal. They were very sluggish. I have pictures and a short video that I will attempt to post but I've never tried posting pictures on this website.

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    http://s887.photobucket.com/user/Fur...f7d20.mp4.html

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    Default Re: Is this Nosema?

    Just bee poop from being cooped up so long in those packages.... the swarm did not get cooped up.
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    Default Re: Is this Nosema?

    Thanks. That's what I was hoping.

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    Default Re: Is this Nosema?

    Just FYI, there is a lot of good information on both types of nosema on Randy Oliver's website, www.scientificbeekeeping.com. The test is a "gut smear" viewed at 400X magnification under a 'scope. You'll see the "dots" on his website.

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