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Pale bees, fully developed but weak

 
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melissabee
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 12:29 pm    Post subject: Pale bees, fully developed but weak Reply with quote

Hi,

is this varroa? I've sometimes seen those white or whitish larvae being carried out by the bees but just two minutes ago there were two fully developed bees coming out of the hive, pale looking body, weak, not able to fly.

How should I react?

Thanks!
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andy pearce
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pale bees..a sort of dusty grey, washed out colour are newly hatched bees, before their exo-skeleton has hardened off and their true colouration develops after a few days. I do not know why they would be outside your hive.
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melissabee
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 06, 2014 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I thought the same. These look loke not-yet-finished bees....there were two or three of them and certainly not fit enough for living (not because they were too young but they were weak and dying. Any ideas?
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