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« on: June 07, 2013, 07:14:35 AM »




Found this bee with deformed wings [right side of pic] in my last inspection.   I looked for others with bad wings after I found her, but didn't see any. 

Deformed wings are bad... that's all I know.   Anything you guys can tell me about what this means or looks like [if anything] would be appreciated. 
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« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2013, 07:16:28 AM »

Look for mites.


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« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2013, 07:29:07 AM »

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Mites do that. When you have a handfull of white pupae and wingless ready bees on yout hive entrance, or you see wingless young bees on the frame like porriage, then things are in bad situation.

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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2013, 08:42:13 AM »

DWV was around long before Varroa, but Varroa spread it faster.  If there are lot of them you probably have a problem.  If there are very few, you probably don't.  You can always do a count of Varroa from either a natural drop over 24 hours or a sugar shake.
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2013, 08:46:23 PM »

Thanks for the help.  I've got a bottom board under them now and will check that tomorrow.   

How many mites is too many in a 24 hr period?
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2013, 09:18:20 PM »

Here in Fl. 60 in a 24hr period is the treatment threshold.
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2013, 09:41:58 AM »

How many mites are too many with a sugar shake?
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« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2013, 10:57:22 AM »

>How many mites are too many with a sugar shake?

Six or seven is a bit high, but I've seen people who had dozens.  That is assuming one cup of bees...
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