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I have agreed to monitor the hives of someone who is out of country. He has 3 struggling hives. When I did an inspection of the hives, 2 of the colonies, while small in numbers, appeared ok. The other hive however had bees which were of an alarming appearance. They had a grey cast to them, and the thorax and abdomen on some of them appeared to be wasting away. If they were my bees, I would screen that hive after dark, and transport them 5-10 miles and shake them out, but they are not mine, and I want to e-mail the owner with an accurate report.

Can anyone give me their take on what this is? Thanks in advance.

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I did not get photos. I am not real near his hives, and only check them once a week. I will just e-mail him with a description of what I saw and let him decide what to do.

Thank you for your response.

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Could you have been looking at newly hatched pupae? They have a whitish, grey appearance when they first emerge. You should be able to tell if there is a starving issue if there are no stores in the hive.
 

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Could you have been looking at newly hatched pupae? They have a whitish, grey appearance when they first emerge. You should be able to tell if there is a starving issue if there are no stores in the hive.
I don't think so, but I will look again, probably on Monday. One thing I should have mentioned, but didn't think about, there were not many capped brood about, but ALL were drone. I didn't see a queen, and would not be surprised if this is a weak, laying worker hive. I guess what was striking is that the appearance of the bees in the other 2 hives was normal, and these were not. This was the second of the 3 hives I inspected. This group is in one 8-frame box, but only occupy 5 frames.

Thanks for the input.
 
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