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Second Headless Pupae in as many days, Zone 4 Canada.

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Second Headless Pupae in as many days, Zone 4 Canada.

Sorry, on mobile + as an old I don't know what I'm doing, but here's a link to what I found in the landing board this morning. https://imgur.com/a/kkrMvma

I found one yesterday afternoon, just at the foot of the hive. I also swept some dead bees out from the bottom board that I later noticed were headless. Is this truly just indicaive of shrews, or could there be a different reason for these? I wasn't aware that shrews would open a cell to eat the contents.

FWIW, this is an overwintered double + one more medium + feeding (candy) box and quilting on top. I still have my hive wrap on, and a mouse guard, which I noticed a few weeks ago appeared to have been lifted up on one side, and I did also see rodent foot prints in the snow in about January at the edge of the landing board, so I knew to suspect mouse/rodent damage. Mouse guard is now back down. Hive is still dedicated to using upper entrance. So are they just cleaning out damage in preparation for the queen to move down and start laying in the original brood chamber?

Thanks all.

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