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Question:
I've noticed this before and was curious as to whether this is normal or not.

The last couple of days have been in the 70s (whoohoo after 2 weeks of 30-50s!). The girls have been flying alot, where they make little clouds by the entrance. I have noticed a couple of dead or very weak bees out front, in the grass. They seem to be somewhat fuzzier than the active flyers.
Is this normal? I have'nt noticed more than a few. Are these just ones that didnt' pupate properly or maybe got cold when I opened it up in the last couple of weeks(when it wasn't terribley cold but jacket weather)?
I have treated the hives, and haven't ever seen mites on the drone comb (but have seen them in the bottom board).

Am I just being a hypersensitive micromanager and this is normal, or could this be an indicator that I need to pay attention to?

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Bees die. Workers have a life cycle of at most 34 days. When they get old or diseased other bees escort them out or they escort themselves out of the hive. You should probably buy a begginers book.
 
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Nope, not the drones.
They may be normal die off, I just may be sensitive about it right now, not having experienced the whole life cycle.

They seemed to be smaller, seemingly more fuzzier, and seem really weak before they die. But then again the drones that I collected did the same thing so it probably isn't anything to worry about.

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Kooka,

If you see mites on the floor this must mean that you have mites. So have you treated them with anything this fall?

Sorry if you posted this info elsewhere..and I missed it.....
 

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I wouldnt be too worried. Seeing alot of dead bees after they have been flying this week. I'd say they are just in normal downsizing for winter.

If you see damage from varroa or tracheal mites on the dead you might want to get more concerned.
 
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Yeah, did treat for mites, I know those are there.

What do you mean by mite damage? Stunted wings? Haven't seen that. Or is there other things to look for?

I am pretty sure they are routine, like I said there were only a couple I noticed.

But beeing a newbee, all these little doubts plague when little things like that come up.
Thanks for the replies. It sure is nice having someone to answer specific questions when they arise!

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The varroa damage seems easiest to see right now in the wing damage and runty bees and crawlers might be tracheal mites. If you have treated, it probably shouldnt even be a concern unless there is a huge pile of them outside and not much inside.

You might see undeveloped bees and larvae that are kicked out with varroa damage too. Early in the season it is a good sign that you have some hygenic behavior. This time of year it doesnt necessarily mean much other than that they are consolidating things. Plus there is virtually no brood left here now anyway.
 
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