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Hi. Just went out to check my hives. I have 5 colonies. 2 of them (which acutally were my strongest going in to winter) had dead bees that were very dry to the point of being brittle. The other 3 were not this way. I know that dead bees inside a hive are normal. There was a normal amount. I was wondering if the condition of the dead bees could point to anything.

There wasn't any sign of deformed bees in any of my colonies. Would the dry bodies bee a better sign that the hive is getting appropriate ventilation and is nice, warm, and dry.

The other 3 hives didn't have dead bees that were dry and crumbly. Could there need more ventilation or more insulation from the winter weather (SW Pennsylvania). These three were healthy, but not as populous.
 

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I'd guess that those dead bees you saw had been dead for quite some time and the mort bees just recently had enough of a temp break to carry them out of the hive and dispose of them. Dry winter air will dry them out pretty quickly.

Your stronger hives will expel more dead bees than the weaker ones.
 
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