General Hive Appearance

Are bee actively entering/exiting the hive?

Are the bees bringing in pollen?

Are there signs of robbing?

Are there signs an animal has been disturbing the hive? (Chew or scratch marks from skunks, racoons, etc.)

Are the bees calm when you open the hive? (An agitated or disorganized colony can indicate: queenslessness, poor weather/inspection timing, or a recent intruder)


Is the brood pattern good?

Are larvae healthy, white, and shiny?

Is royal jelly present in cells with larva?

Is there brood in capped and uncapped cells?

Is there one egg or larvae per cell?

Signs of Pests

Mites test result

Are ants present?

Are wax moths present?

Is there an unusual number of dead bees?

Is there an odor?


How many frames are "covered" in bees? (Look down into the box and see how many seams between frames are full of bees)

How many frames are being fully or almost fully used for brood?

If in a nectar flow, do the bees have space to store nectar?

Do the bees have an empty comb and/or new frames to build comb where they can store nectar?

Weather Conditions


Has there been any substantial change in total popularity since last infection

General Notes and Observations

Name & Signature of Inspector
Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.