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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?
 

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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.
 

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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?
It just confirms that wax is being recycled - some older wax crumbs got reused in a pinch.
 

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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.
 
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