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I have noticed the last couple pf days a few bees running around the landing board flapping their wings but can't fly. They eventually fall to the ground and die. They have also been carrying out a few dead bees. The abdomens of the effected ones are curled under pointing down.

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Michael, They are smaller and fuzzy. The original package was all this type of bee. As the new queens brood have hatched they are larger and darker. Some have a black tip on the abdomen. I am not seeing as much of it but still some, even the darker bigger bees.
 

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Could be mites, feeding on the pupae and doing enough damage to distort the bee as it develops. I saw one bee like that at my big hive, haven't seen any since. A mite count could be in order, although if the hive seems to be doing well it's not critical to do it now.

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