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  1. #1
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    Default Identify this

    I pulled my inserts today to have a look and found a couple with this grub on it. What is that? I also see globs of pollen on it, is that normal?
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    It's either a small hive beetle or very small wax moth larvae.
    The more I learn about bees, the less I know, but the tide is turning.

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    Wax moth or shb... look up under your hive with the SBB inspection board out and see if you have any cocoons attached, that would be wax moth sign, had that happen to me. With sbb they like to get up under those because bees cant run them off. Otherwise, take that grub in and google difference between wax moth larva and shb larva... You will find great pictures. At first they look alike but closer look reveals difference in legs.

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    Being on the bottom board, I would guess SHB larvae. After hatching and growing they crawl out of the hive to burrow into the ground to pupate. Sneaker little buggers!

    Alex

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    Regarding the pollen. I never see much pollen on the interior of my solid bottom boards. If that's a normal representaion of what is found with screened bottoms, I guess any pollen dropped by the bees can't be saved by the bees.
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    Default Re: Identify this

    Wax moth larvae.Look at the size of it and the larger darker head.Body is darker but thats because of decay.It would of even been larger before dying and drying up some.

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    gtwarren,

    Looks like a wax moth larva to me. Whether wax moth or SHB, you new have been notified that you have a problem within that colony and with warmer weather coming it is unlikely that it will fix itself. If you belong to a bee club, get a mentor assist and advise you on what you need to be doing to get ahead of the problem. It would also be good to ask the mentor, or do your own homework, on another very common pest called Varroa mites. These and other pests can and do weaken colonies rapidly to the point where by fall they are not strong enough to make it through the winter.

    I forgot to say welcome to beekeeping, but it does have some challenges.

    Steve

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    Default Re: Identify this

    Brad, with my country rubes, sometimes a lot of pollen gets dropped...

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    What's a country rube?
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