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winter dead-outs with small bees??

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When cleaning out 8 or so over winter dead-outs I've noticed several of those hives had piles of tiny Bee's with an abdomon roughly 1/3 the size of normal. I'm just curious if anyone in this community have noticed this and I'm curious if this is the result of a starving bees or because of chilled brood resulting from a to small of a cluster.

Wondering if anyone had thoughts on this thanks very much
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I've noticed the same think in several of my hives. Not sure what the cause is, hopefully someone will chime in.
It is related to varroa mite damage - the mites damage the bees before they emerge.
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