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  1. #1
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    Default Dead bee Larvae in front of hive

    Hi all,

    New to beekeeping. I've recently installed a nuc (less than a week). I'm in Utah and we're coming out of a recent cold and wet spell. Night temperatures are still dipping into the low 40s, and the hive I'm using is used - but they were new last year and were kept at our place. In any event, I've got some dead larvae in various stages of development - some very fresh, some older. There's one that is quite a bit bigger than any of the others - I assume it's a queen. It's abdomen is still kind of milky white but the thorax an head are that honey comb yellow color and the head is just a shell. Maybe it's older? Anyway, They don't appear to have mites on them. Any thoughts as to what it could be and what I might do to treat? I'm trying to post a picture, but it doesn't seem to let me.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Dead bee Larvae in front of hive

    mat, seeing dead pupae on the landing board early in the morning after a cold night is normal, sometimes the brood at the edge of the combs get chilled. Your bees are just taking care of business.
    Bill...in Southeast Ohio

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    Default Re: Dead bee Larvae in front of hive

    Thanks Bill. I'll keep an eye on it and the weather is turning drier and warm.

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    Default Re: Dead bee Larvae in front of hive

    Mat,

    I made a similar observation two days ago and I think, like WWW suggests, it is just chilled brood from a cold snap. I'm looking at the low 20's for the next three nights.

    Steve

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