sc-bee; I didn't take pictures of the dead larva/pupa's, but you're right. It has only happened twice and each time it was "after" an inspection. If I had to guess I would say crushing or hot smoke. I thought it was cool but it may have heated up after burning down some in the smoker. Before I went in to work this morning I was looking through a couple of my bee books. I read where they said it was common for bees to eat brood that had died. Something about regaining the protein. The brood chambers/honey chambers looked good. Good laying pattern, no evidence of wax moths, larva all pretty and white, bees about their business tending to the farm. I added the second brood super because they were just about out of space. I put it on the bottom. I got the impression from reading that a lot of folks seem to think it was better there. I can't say.
sawdstmkr; Looking at the capped cells I'd say I have very few drones. The cells are pretty much even with the rest of the comb. There was about 3 bees with the brood that was dead. They looked like they may have just been born. They were pretty small. Correct me if I'm wrong - drones will be bigger and have bigger cells. I believe my queen was mated when I got her. I can't say that I'm putting the frames back in the way I took them out and I am wearing the thick bee suit gloves. Won't they sting through the rubber ones? A little history on me; when I'm stung - I drop stuff. I drop mail, RR crossties, axes, sling blades, weed eaters, hammers, pretty much everything but my shotguns/rifles. I live in an area just ripe for the stinging. I've been snakebite at least a half dozen times (nonpoisonous) as well. I think I'm an attractant.
blanc; I agree with staying out of the hives, however I think (?) I'm justified so far. 1st time 3 days after queen release to make sure she's still there. The second time was around a week later to make sure she was laying, and this last time was to see if they were ready for the second brood chamber. I know I tore loose honey caps where they were extended next to the other frames. Do you think I need a spacer or does it really matter?
Thank for each of your comments. They are welcomed and needed. If I have a preconceived notion that is inaccurate please point it out. Thanks again, gary