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  1. #1
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    Default Purple cells where nectar stored

    I have a small nuc. I have noticed that in the patches of cells where nectar is stored, the walls have gone a blacky/ purple colour. Is this bacteria? Should I just leave it? Any advice appreciated.

  2. #2
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    Default Re: Purple cells where nectar stored

    Without a picture I can only guess that you might be seeing some sort of pollen being stored which can be almost any color. If you are wondering if "something bacterial" would mean something unhealthy, I highly doubt it is anything to worry about.
    "People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe."- Andy Rooney

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    Default Re: Purple cells where nectar stored

    Probably propolis varnish which is especially visible on new comb. I see it all the time, especially when the flow has ended.

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    Default Re: Purple cells where nectar stored

    I have lots of bright purple pollen in my hives right now.

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