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I have just put swarm into bee box and noticed this bee on the front. Much darker colour than the other bees? Is it a worker or new queen?

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It's a  worker bee. All the body hair has either fallen out or been rubbed off. Lots of theories about why bees look like this from  high Nosema load to be paralysis virus. Personally I think that at least most of the time is just a bee that has done a lot of robbing and hence a lot of fighting. Unless you see a lot of them, don't worry about it.

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11 minutes ago, john berry said:

It's a  worker bee. All the body hair has either fallen out or been rubbed off. Lots of theories about why bees look like this from  high Nosema load to be paralysis virus. Personally I think that at least most of the time is just a bee that has done a lot of robbing and hence a lot of fighting. Unless you see a lot of them, don't worry about it.

Great thanks john. Will keep an eye out for anymore. 

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