(Edit): I tried to change the title from 'festooning' to 'comb-building', but it won't fully take on the main display....oh well.
Me and my buddy just did a cut-out on Monday of which the hive was infested with wax moth larvae.
I tried to kill as many as I could on site and salvage some of the comb. We transfered the comb via hairclips to a top bar hive. However, I went in today and found that they had already proliferated like crazy.
I trashed all of that comb along with what I THOUGHT was all the larvae.
So I look through the viewing window after I cleaned out all the infested comb and see two larvae hanging out RIGHT on the top bar resting on the follower-board where the bees are building new comb.
Do I just let those run their course because they have no host/comb at this point and will just die-out? I suppose if those larvae are allowed to cocoon and hatch, wouldn't the moths start laying eggs in whatever comb was newly built? I think one solution MAY be to remove the top cover of the hive to where the top bars are exposed and allow the larvae to get baked a little and exposed to the sun a bit through a small crack......but would that mess with the bees too much in such a delicate period?
I really don't want to disturb the beautiful comb-building unless I have to.
Here's a shot I took through the top bar hive viewing window.