- Oct 21, 2014
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When the varroa are sitting on the backs of the bees, they are looking to transfer to another bee because the feeding stations on the bee they are on are occupied. Varroa feed on the underside of the bee, slipping under one of the abdominal segments close to the thorax. Dr Samuel Ramsey has several varroa videos that are worth watching.That did cross my mind. I'm a bit wary of greatly disturbing the new swarm that arrived a few weeks ago. They are pulling out foundation and there are eggs and grubs. Also pollen and honey. They are very docile and I was able to sit quietly with a frame and carefully study them closely (no veil getting in the way!), looking at their bodies for the tell-tale little red dots. I didn't pull the hive to pieces since I know there is a queen in there. However, looking down I didn't notice any drone cells. If I had, I would have had a look inside.
I think a sugar roll may well be a good idea to gauge how many are actually in residence in the other hive. If it shows a high count then the newer colony will be rolled too.
I happened to see this Bee Gym thing and wondered if it was any use. Mr JBM has confirmed my suspicions, (Thank you Mr JBM.)