Re: Typical brood pattern for VSH queen?
That's one awesome looking brood frame. I'm going to show this to my queen and have a little discussion about her work ethic.
Originally Posted by beemandan
OP here; regarding mites, I did another sugar shake this weekend and counted exactly 0.0 mites in my half cup of bees.
The colony seems to be growing, but slowly.
Now that I have enough bees to support the loss, next weekend I'm going to do another sugar shake, followed by an alcohol wash of the same bees. This should tell me if my sugar shake technique is horribly incorrect.
Assuming it isn't, I'm pretty sure I don't have a significant infestation of adult mites.
So that leaves poor beekeeping as the problem.
Painted Peacock Manor, Palos Verdes, CA