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Wow!! Awesome. How did you find out about it? Great find.
 

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Nice snag there CVbee. It might be interesting to see how these girls do with mites and such, since they have been on their own for 5 years. If it were me I'll probably keep records on this hive......you might be pleasantly surprise.
 

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I checked a cell that had a lava and it had a mite, but overall the hive looked healthy and swarm cells were present.
The mite is a good thing. The trait to build in the open is more common in AHB, but the mite reduces the likely hood of that possibility.
 

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Another,.'WOW'! That's a big outdoor hive. Do you remember what compass direction that side of the house was facing?
 

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Would you be willing to take some cell measurements and post them here? Next time you are inspecting the comb, measure across ten cells (cell wall to cell wall) in the brood area on various combs and let us know. I'd be interested in what the smallest cells measure.
 
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