Labeling question

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Jan 24, 2012, 9:22:26 PM1/24/12
to Broodmapper
What should we label cells that contain still-white pupae that have a
sizable piece of the cap missing? (Frame #1312 has three of these
near the top center) I would mark them as "dead" since I believe they
can't develop further without the cap, but wanted to check.

Reed Johnson

Jan 25, 2012, 6:49:46 AM1/25/12
I agree that those pupae with missing caps should be scored as "Dead".
I remember taking those photos and they were from colonies where all
of the adult bees had absconded. I believe robber bees had entered
the empty hive and removed some of the wax capping off of those pupae.
In any case, they should most definitely be scored as dead.

Reed M. Johnson
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