Yeah. It's not the greatest photo. I need to get a better picture or a better phone or take a photography class. What I was trying to show were the cells to the left of the center of the photo. That's dead larvae. Kind of shrunken and shriveled up in the cells. I don't know if it was just abandoned by the colony due to weather or whether there is some sort of disease causing the issue. There is similar dead larvae on several frames. We had some days where the lows were in the upper 30's and lower 40's about two weeks ago. This is a small hive at the moment (1 10 frame medium box).
Photos do strange things to the bottom of cells. Seeing black spots.
Uncap some cells and pull out some of the crusty critters.
Chilled killed brood will often stay capped when there is a lot of it. Uncap a few of those also.
OK you answered that. If you have capped dead larva that is not total mush it is probably chilled. What does the live brood look like?
some more pictures. One is a picture of the dead larvae that fell out of the cells when I set it on it's side to get some pictures. one is a closer view of the dead larvae in the cells and one is a picture of larvae that was capped next to some of the dead larvae.
This was....you guessed it..........a swarm from one of my other hives.
I'm not used to seeing uncapped brood dead from chilling so no advice there. They let the capped die and keep the uncapped covered. That or they stay on, starve, and the whole hive dies. They will leave dead for a long time if there are not enough bees to clean up and raise brood at the same time.
Photo 3 looks more like eating the dead than pulling them out.
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