What is going on

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Lazarus4, May 8, 2014.

  1. Lazarus4

    Lazarus4 New Member

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    I stopped at a friends house to look at his bees. While we were looking at the different frames, we noticed that on the bottom of the colony there were dozens of almost grown white larvae laying there. We watched as some others were taken from their cells and "dumped". Is this because they might have been dead and they were being cleaned out for new eggs? Whats going on here? Thanks Laz :)
     
  2. RayMarler

    RayMarler New Member

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    I can think of a couple possible explanations. If you've had a warming spell in the spring the bees will expand brood. If you then get a colder spell of weather, they need to cluster and brood at the outer edges can chill, and they will remove it as the weather warms again. It could also be that you have good VSH bees and they are removing brood that has been infested with varroa mites.
     

  3. Zookeep

    Zookeep Active Member

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    take a pic when you have questions on something like this, it would help alot to see the larva but I do agree with Ray on his answer.