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  1. #1
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    Default Bait swarms screw up wax foundation

    I would expect to see this on plastic foundation and have never seen it on wax. This was done by a bait swarm at a very marginal site in a redwood forest. We had failed late flows due to lack of rain, and this site has no late flow anyways. This was the first year I put foundation in bait boxes and was surprised to see several swarms did a poor job on it. Maybe it was a drone layer queen who needed some drone comb. See my nice new Kelleys hive tool? Got that on the free freight For Thanksgiving offer.


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    Default Re: Bait swarms screw up wax foundation

    looks top me like that frame did not hang plumb.
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    Default Re: Bait swarms screw up wax foundation

    It is a Jumbo depth frame, ten in the box, on a level deck.

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    Default Re: Bait swarms screw up wax foundation

    I see that sometimes when bee space is not maintained (frames too far apart). How was your spacing?

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    Default Re: Bait swarms screw up wax foundation

    old foundation? If the wax was old and lacked the freshness of new foundation they will sometimes do that.

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    Default Re: Bait swarms screw up wax foundation

    I agree, that is very unusual for wax foundation. I've seen it on the PF plastic, but never on real wax.
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    Default Re: Bait swarms screw up wax foundation

    Quote Originally Posted by wildbeekeeper View Post
    old foundation? If the wax was old and lacked the freshness of new foundation they will sometimes do that.
    It was 30+ year old foundation that was accepted well by other hives. Must have been fussy bees if that was the cause.

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    Default Re: Bait swarms screw up wax foundation

    Seen it MANY times... I think some colonies fire the engineering crew.....

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