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    One of the hives I inspected today had dark caps on some of the brood. Most was regular color, but dark caps were mixed in. I opened a few and the larvae look fine. I didn't pull them from the cell, but they looked like healthy heads. Any ideas on why some of the caps are dark?
    Beek since 2016: Hardiness Zone 9a: in NW Florida

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    Hi Heather,
    Seems to me the older the larve, the older caps are darker. Did ya compare the lighter capped with the darker capped. Which was more developed? How ya been lately. ? Are ya still working on your grafting, or finished for the season?

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    The different colors were mixed in together. More a blackish color than a darker, older cap.

    Doing well here. Finally have some time to get some projects done. I've hung up the grafting for the season, but plan to do a few more walk away splits to get to 20.
    Beek since 2016: Hardiness Zone 9a: in NW Florida

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    Never saw that, any pics? Curious alao. Mabye someone will chime in on this. Rich

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jadeguppy View Post
    One of the hives I inspected today had dark caps on some of the brood. Most was regular color, but dark caps were mixed in. I opened a few and the larvae look fine. I didn't pull them from the cell, but they looked like healthy heads. Any ideas on why some of the caps are dark?
    It just confirms that wax is being recycled - some older wax crumbs got reused in a pinch.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richinbama View Post
    Hi Heather,
    Seems to me the older the larve, the older caps are darker............
    That would be uniformed pattern - like, getting dirty after being walked on.
    Like I said, older/darker wax crumbs got recycled in and ended up as darker caps there and here.
    Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    It just confirms that wax is being recycled - some older wax crumbs got reused in a pinch.
    That is what I hoped would be said.
    Beek since 2016: Hardiness Zone 9a: in NW Florida

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