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00buzzbee
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:40 pm    Post subject: Unidentified Debris Reply with quote

I have had a look at the removable bottom board in one of my TBH's and there is a clump of what looks like a very fine saw dust on it.

This hive has got Wax Moth in it. Could it be anything to do with this pest or something else?

I did a quick inspection last weekend so I did not want to disturb the bees again so soon but if need be I will carry out a full inspection tomorrow as the weather is going to be good. Confused
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biobee
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most likely wax cappings. Test by squeezing - if they stick together, probably wax. They drop it when opening cells to get at honey. It can indicate robbing, but not likely at this time of year.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That looks exactly like your description Phil.

Thanks for that.

I'm hoping to attend the improvers course at Alpha Farm in Wareham this year to learn more. Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

00buzzbee wrote:


I'm hoping to attend the improvers course at Alpha Farm in Wareham this year to learn more. Laughing


I look forward to meeting you! Alpha Farm is a great venue and is becoming my 'eastern' HQ. The owners are developing it as a leading training centre for natural beekeeping and other 'country crafts'.
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