Well, we had 2 nuclei delivered 2 weeks ago today. The bees looked healthy enough on the frames, but I have noticed a lot of “crawlers” on a brick path near the hive over the last 2 weeks. Today I went out and photographed a few. Some looked normal enough young bees (hairy), but were just stumbling around, even up to 30 feet from the hive.
Others had the dreaded Deformed Wing Virus, resulting from varroa. If you have never seen this, here are a couple of photos of my bees:
If you can’t see the wings, it is because they are so shriveled, they are almost not there. DWV is a death knell for many colonies, so… Guess what I will be doing this weekend? Yes, varroa mite treatment. Poor bees.