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Honey Bee Parasites

Drone pupae removed with uncapping fork

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Another technique is to examine brood for the presence of mites. Uncap and examine sealed brood, especially drone brood. Individual pupae can be removed with forceps to permit visual inspection. A faster technique is to use an uncapping fork to easily remove many drone pupae at once for close examination. A small 10x hand lens will help considerably.