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on 1 hive i checked today there are a few bees with just stumps where there wings once where. Not lots everywhere just i noticed a few on 1 frame.
What would cause this ?

Lots of stores, Brood 5 inch radius circle on 2 frames with lava. 3 empty frames .
They where not at all happy bees . Entrance has been shut to a 2 inch gap
and thymol has just been added today.

Thanks for any help.
 

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Varroa. Deformed Wing Virus..

You will probably be alarmed at the varroa drop.
 

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Deformed wing virus (DWV) is suspected of causing the wing and abdominal deformities often found on adult honeybees in colonies infested with Varroa mites. These symptoms include damaged appendages, particularly stubby, useless wings, shortened, rounded abdomens, miscoloring and paralysis. Symptomatic bees have severely reduced life-span (less than 48 hours usually) and are typically expelled from the hive. The symptoms are strongly correlated with elevated DWV titres, with reduced titres in asymptomatic bees from the same colonies. In the absence of mites the virus is thought to persist in the bee populations as a covert infection, transmitted orally between adults (nurse bees) since the virus can be detected in hypopharyngeal secretions (royal jelly) and broodfood and also vertically through the queen's ovaries and through drone sperm. The virus may replicate in the mite but this is not certain.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deformed_wing_virus
 

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There wngs look more like they have been chewed down to stumps.
Also the Radius is 2.5 inch / Dia 5 inch.

drsttson how did they get burnt off ??
 

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Are you using IE as your browser? Not sure if it now has a spell checker but Firefox certainly does and makes sorting out spelling very easy.

PH
 

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cheers PH , it did have then it vanished lol
but as long as peeps get the right idea it's ok.
 

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spellchecker

a spellchecker in browser won't help differentiate between two equally correct English words where one is used in wrong context.
 

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But it might give me a few options to pick from:)
 
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