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  1. #1
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    Default Honey frame capping looks odd

    This is a frame of sugar syrup being capped .. But i noticed the holes and dark discoloration of the capping.. Whats up with this?
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    Default Re: Honey frame capping looks odd

    Looks like they are using re-cycled wax chewed from somewhere else rather than making new wax.

    You should have something coming in, my bees are flying like crazy this weekend, hauling pollen and nectar. Fresh wax flakes on the sticky boards too.

    Peter

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    Default Re: Honey frame capping looks odd

    Huh! Always learning thanks!

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    Default Re: Honey frame capping looks odd

    The holes in the cappings are cells that they haven't finished capping yet.
    "Sometimes the best action is no action at all."
    Started 2011, 3-10 frame hives; 2016, 32-8 frame hives, 1 nuc

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    Default Re: Honey frame capping looks odd

    Im with Gary, also could be a different nectar source under darker capping's, Just because they are being fed doesn't mean they aren't working if there is any flow available. or that they are just the most recently capped, and "wet". Not being an alarmist, but I think that's a mite on the bee on the right. G
    The Bees are the Beekeepers

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    Default Re: Honey frame capping looks odd

    I think you're right about the mite... Bees have mites , i have mites , you have mites, and so it goes.. We will survive.

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    Default Re: Honey frame capping looks odd

    That's just the honey touching the wax capping and being more transparent.

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    Default Re: Honey frame capping looks odd

    Oh ok, that makes sense too. Thanks.

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