…well, sort of. They’re actually full-grown when they hatch, but they’re darn cute anyway!
This guy’s almost out! If you look closely, you can see a varroa mite on his back — the little orange-brown dot. There are also a few mites visible on the surface of the honeycomb. Not good. The female mites lay their eggs in the cells along with the bee larvae; when the bees hatch out, so do the mites. Beekeeping would be a whole lot easier without those nasty little guys… but we’re hoping that our colonies are strong enough to withstand the attacks. Wish them luck!