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Cell/ larva question

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Ok , I noticed in my hive that some of the larva seem to be larger than the cell they are in! I thought the larva should only fill one cell not burst into other cells. Everthing seems fine with the hive. I just thought it looked funny.

Anyone have any ideas? Is this normal or do I have pest?
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Are there a lot of these? It could be a queen breaking down and failing to fertilize eggs laid in worker cells. Those appear way too big. If it is a couple it is not a big problem, if it is a sizable number, you need a new queen.
 

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>Ok , I noticed in my hive that some of the larva seem to be larger than the cell they are in! I thought the larva should only fill one cell not burst into other cells. Everthing seems fine with the hive. I just thought it looked funny.

Bee larvae do not move fast enough that you can see them. They move, but about the rate of the minute hand on the clock. You don't see it. If you see them moving then it is a pest, wax moth, small hive beetle, something. If they are not moving, then maybe they are queen cells.
 

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Slow down Lab, the experts are conjecturing. I still bet if it is just a couple not moving larvaie like critters more than filling a worker cell, it is a drone/unfertilized egg hatchling mislaid by the queen. If it is just an occasional, no need to worry. If you need practice worrying, please continue.
 
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