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Hi
I checked my hive yesterday to remove any snow that had accumulated on the front of the hive (there was very little). I noticed about 20 dead bees out on front plus about 4 pupa on the front.

I have forgotten what a normal rate is for die off, but have never seen pupa being discarded on the front.

Most of the other bees on the front of the hive were small, some looked like they never fully matured.

The last time I inspected I did a powdered sugar dusting, and it turned up nothing, but I still don't know if this could be a Varroa problem either.

Just looking for input.

Thanks in advance
 

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I am just guessing, but two things come to mind; discarded pupa could be a starvation and/or Varroa symptom. "Small bees and "never fully matured" sounds like Varroa problems.

Do you have mite counts for this hive?
 

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I saw no mites in this hive when I did a sugar dusting.

This hive cannot be starving since it has a full deep hive body along with a shallow super.

I am trying to figure out what is going on, or if it is something that i have missed, (an obvious sign) that I do have mights.
 
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