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  1. #1
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    Default inspection number 2 .. no larva!?

    We did our second inspection today. More comb drawn, queen located, eggs being laid, capped brood, pollen, and necter/sugar water stores... But we didnt see any in the larva stage.. Is this something to be concerned about?? We just had a cold spell with some daytimes hi temps in the 40's and 2 nights at 28ish degrees... Should we be concerned???

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    Default Re: inspection number 2 .. no larva!?

    How old is your hive? If its more than a couple weeks, yes you probably should be worried your queen is gone.

    If its just a few days then you should look for eggs. If you have eggs your fine, if you have no eggs and no larvae and its been a while you probably need a new queen.

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    Default Re: inspection number 2 .. no larva!?

    Queen was found. Eggs were found. Capped brood was found. Just no larvae

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    Default Re: inspection number 2 .. no larva!?

    Your probably fine then. Looks like she just stopped laying for a few days.

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    Default Re: inspection number 2 .. no larva!?

    IMO...You just didn't see the larvae. You have to see the sheen versus the comb. It's there, especially since everything else is! In my past, I saw eggs before I saw larvae...you will see it!!! Cheater glasses help a TON!

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    Default Re: inspection number 2 .. no larva!?

    Sounds to me that your hive is doing just fine.

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    Default Re: inspection number 2 .. no larva!?

    Awesome.. I can stop worrying then lol.. Thats what i was hoping was nothing wrong and she just stopped laying for a few days.. As i said we did have a cold snap come thru.. Is it common for a queen to stop laying if temperatures drop for a week??

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    Default Re: inspection number 2 .. no larva!?

    I've read here in other threads that the queen will only lay up to the amount of brood that the hive can care for, so it seems to me that if you had a cold snap, most of your bees were busy keeping the brood warm...and your queen stopped laying until the weather warmed up. I'd even be willing to bet that you had a few chilled brood they tossed out of the hive.

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    Default Re: inspection number 2 .. no larva!?

    Awesome.. Thats what i was thinking/hoping

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