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Offline bill

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« on: October 01, 2005, 04:05:50 PM »
I saw something earlier in the season when I was watching bees when I should have been hoeing weeds in the field next to the hive. I was watching them land and take off and I saw a couple of bee who were evidently damaged or sick, kinda walk sideways to the edge of the landing board and jump of on to the ground. I went back to hoeing and kinda forgot about it .  i inspected them the next weekend but didn't notice anything unusual. would this be caused by mites? I guess they are the cause of most birth defects, right?

Offline Michael Bush

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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2005, 10:31:22 PM »
Field bees die all the time.  If they are shiny (and not fuzzy) and if they have perhaps frayed wings (and not curled up wings) then I'd say it's normal.
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