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    Default can someone tell me if this is a pest?

    Hi all, i have been raising bees for couple years now. This year i see a new pest i think. It Is a lighter color gray b that is fast. it is about the same size is a honey bees and they don't like it around. I took some pictures you can view them here.



    http://picasaweb.google.com/m/viewer...75690664780305

    Any thoughts? Thanks so much!
    Last edited by welldrainedsoil; 08-01-2010 at 05:09 PM.

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    Default Re: can someone tell me if this is a pest?

    All I see is a Carniolan or Caucasian bee hovering in the air above the bottom board in your photo. It may be a robber from another colony. Heck, I've seen plenty of colonies, that due to breeding, the queen produced bees of both Italian and Caucasian appearance.
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    Default Re: can someone tell me if this is a pest?

    just another honey bee

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    Default Re: can someone tell me if this is a pest?

    Only thing I see is honey bees, they can be of different colors and stripes from the same hive due to the breeding with different drones.

    I would be more worried about all of the trash that is on the bottom board, looks like you could have wax moth damage inside.

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    Default Re: can someone tell me if this is a pest?

    Quote Originally Posted by G3farms View Post
    Only thing I see is honey bees, they can be of different colors and stripes from the same hive due to the breeding with different drones.

    I would be more worried about all of the trash that is on the bottom board, looks like you could have wax moth damage inside.
    Thanks everyone for the replies. Originally I did thing a robber from another colony, then read about some type of bee that gets in and lays eggs and kills the queen and takes over the hive... doesn't sound like that. Thanks for the thought on Wax Moth. I gave them some old frames that they've been cleaning. I checked the hive today. Everything looks ok inside.

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    Default Re: can someone tell me if this is a pest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    All I see is a Carniolan or Caucasian bee hovering in the air above the bottom board in your photo. It may be a robber from another colony. Heck, I've seen plenty of colonies, that due to breeding, the queen produced bees of both Italian and Caucasian appearance.
    Took the words out of my mouth

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