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Discussion in 'Pests and Diseases' started by Pok, Aug 19, 2019.
The fuzzy bees are newly hatched and all furry, their fur will wear off. The shiny bees are foragers, all of their has gone from their work and defending the hive. They are older and have been known to drop dead during work, their bodies will be removed.
II saw more of the unusual looking bees on other hives. They don't look like normal dead bees I see outside hives. They are dead and stuck to combs. Some areas of comb appear greasy with honey on the surface. I am still quite puzzled on these dead bees.
they look drowned in honey actually. did you have robbing going on? move the hive?
Do you have beetle traps with oil in place? Leaking or spilled oil can also look like this.
or spilled syrup if a feeder is leaking, or they almost drowned in syrup, got out and died anyway?
This could also be a sign of Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus Type 2. Hairless, greasy looking bees are a day or two away from dying. This is a disease transmitted by the varroa mite.
I would do a sugar roll test or other to determine the mite count. Treat if needed. This is the time of year when honey bee colony population starts to decline, but the mites keep multiplying. The mites eventually over whelm the colony, transmitting viruses and disease.
To read more https://bee-health.extension.org/honey-bee-viruses-the-deadly-varroa-mite-associates/
Always a good idea to treat mites right about now.
I think that Thursday morning very early is mite treating day. I need to start feeding around here, flow is low and I have someone coming in the morning to help me clean a couple of ponds, he won't appreciate bees buzzing him.