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Offline WillT

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ID please
« on: June 02, 2012, 02:33:29 PM »
It appears my larvae are turning to mush. Is this normal?

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Re: ID please
« Reply #1 on: June 02, 2012, 06:07:22 PM »
Looks as if you mt have foulbrood. Try the string test...use a tooth pick and swirl it in one of the cells to mush up one of the bad larvae then pull the pick out slowly. If a string pulls out with it (like melted cheese) it's AFB. If not it's most likely EFB.

It could also be from chilled brood or over heated brood but the bees will normally clean those out right away.

Let us know how the test goes.
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Offline Vance G

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Re: ID please
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2012, 06:25:02 PM »
How many frames is it on?  If it is just that one I would take it out and have a bee inspector look at it.  The bees can clean up small areas of a few cells, but it looks like something is pretty established on that frame.   For double sure pull any frames if the goo sticks to a toothpick you have put in and spun.  Like the man said, if it ropes out ,Then you may need a trip to the burn barrel.