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Moonshae
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« on: December 29, 2007, 12:09:53 PM »

Looks like one of my nucs bit it, but the other nuc and the two full hives are going strong. It's 50 degrees today, so the hives have been cleaning out dead bees and flying around a bit. This one was conspicuously inactive. Because of the inactivity, I decided to crack it open.

There was still capped drone brood, so I'm guessing it's been dead a while. I poked open one of the cells (a few, actually) with a matchstick, and the pupa didn't come out ropy, but was grey scum. See pics below. It looks like there were some supercedure cells, too. Any opinions? Since there's still honey and pollen on these frames, I'd like to save them for potential use in the future if this isn't some terrible disease.


Dead bees all at the bottom:


The grey pupa (The speck of orange is just the wet wooden end of the matchstick):


One of the 3 center frames:


Outside frame with queen cells:



Thanks for the input!
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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2007, 01:06:03 PM »

They lost the queen and couldn't make another one.
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2007, 03:46:55 PM »

I hope there wear more bees than that in there -I agree about going queenless maybe your field force joined one of the other nucs -whats going on in the others? RDY-B
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« Reply #3 on: December 30, 2007, 02:31:41 PM »

The other nuc has a nice cluster, so it's doing well...after this, I cracked it open to check inside.

The pupa didn't look unusual? Just a chilled, dead pupa that has been sitting in a cell for a few weeks?
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