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Dead drones and grubs/brood


#1

I found several dead drones on the ground outside my hive. In addition there were white grubs and some underdeveloped drones scattered on the ground as well. I saw workers bringing the Bród from the hive and dropping them on the ground. The attached pictures are representative.


#2

Looks like chalk brood to me. Most common reason is chilled brood - opening the hive when the weather is cold/rainy/windy, or a damp/leaky/shaded hive. Second most common reason is a “typhoid Mary” queen bee, spreading the infection around the hive.You are the only one to have the information from your own hive to decide which. :blush:


#3

Typhoid Mary” Queen bee? That’s a new one for me and I can’t find it in any of my bee books.


#4

That looks like the bees could be cleaning up SHB damage to me. Beetles find drone comb the easiest to lay eggs into. A strong colony can overwhelm a small outbreak & clean it up before it gets out of control.

Brick, can you post a close-up photo of those white grubs?