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    Default white stuff

    I have noticed some white stuff, looks somewhat like shortening, inside some of the combs. Even capped in the supers. It has an odd small, stinky feet? I cannot find any problems inside the hives, though. Does anyone no what this might be?

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    Default Re: white stuff

    No It doesn't look like chalkbroad. It's looks like white balls in the honey/liquid. I'm wondering if it is something that the bees are collecting because I can't find anything else. Could it possibly be old larva that has died because of some disease I'm not aware of?

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    Default Re: white stuff

    Could be crystallized honey. Or whats left that had crystallized and the bees haven't cleaned it out.
    Joe and Heidi S.

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    Default Re: white stuff

    Crystalized Goldenrod honey from last fall?
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    Default Re: white stuff

    It may be dry sugar. Did you feed them any? I have the same thing happening in my supers; the white gooey liquid stuff is capped and it looks like the sugar I fed them

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    Default Re: white stuff

    I thought about it being sugar but I didn't have to feed them at all this year. Tom B. may be right. We do have Golden Rod in a field by our house and I have heard that Goldenrod honey does have a somewhat foul smell. It's mostly deposited at the edges of the honey comb...last collected? If it is crystalized honey, this type crystalizes very quickly.

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