Re: Need advice on brood pattern
There should be a museum of beekeepers famous last words before hive is lost, and that statement, made by many beekeepers, should be at the top LOL.
Originally Posted by Kcnc1
The brood pattern is spotty, but things can go this way in fall when the bees are winding down, I would not be overly concerned about that pattern.
As others have stated though, there are virus infected larvae and this needs attention. The two cells at centre of pic one that Enjambres referenced, to me anyway, look like chewed white pupae, a symptom of varroa vectored viruses. To the left of those cells and slightly up, is a slumped larva, another sign of varroa vectored viruses. However, you have put apivar strips in, and it is normal for virus levels to persist some time after treatment is started, at a level of 5 mites per 300 bees at start of treatment symptoms will persist for a while they do not stop instantly.
By the way, 5 mites per 300 bees is not insignificant at this time of year, that can become 10 or 15 mites per 300 bees in just a few weeks. Wether or not you believe it, you have probably just caught this in time to escape with negligeable damage.
You do not say when you put the apivar strips in, only that you intend to remove them September 2nd. Apivar packet instructions are leave the strips in 6 to 8 weeks. But for you with this hive, I think you should leave them in 10 weeks. Also, be sure they are positioned properly. I have seen apivar treated hives lost to mites because the strips were positioned wrongly, ie, at the edge of the brood nest rather than among the brood. They must be right amongst the brood.
Having said all that, as per Enjambres do not rule out EFB, I'm just saying how it appears to me, best I can see the pic.
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