Well, I knew I had mites, but thought I would wait and see how bad they got before beginning to worry. It is April 25th in Olympia, Washington. This is the first week of nice weather here. New packages from California were installed last weekend and spring tidying has been done for overwintered hives. I have been seeing small young bees wobbling on the landing board, being tossed out of the hive by workers, and a few drone pupae have been cast out. Now this!Deformed wing 1.jpg I suspect the mites have infected my hive with some sort of virus causing the wing deformation and other unknown maladies. Is it time for intervention?
Jim in Olympia, Washington