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  1. #1
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    Default Is this a queen?

    I found this on the front of my hive... Hope the pictures are clear enough. She's been long dead. On my hive that was dwindling.
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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    not even sure that's a bee.

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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    Might be. Hard telling; I couldn't identify King Tut by just looking either. I'm curious to see what others say, though.

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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    The eyes, not a honey bee.
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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    Actually, on second look, that would be a butterfly or moth of some sort. See the long curled proboscis?

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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    The eyes were really tiny, but I didn't know how old, dead bee eyes might look. The thorax was what concerned me. Isn't that what joins the head to the body??? The wings looked a little big tho. Well ok... I won't worry as much. Hub thought maybe a moth. Stomach looks very queen. Thanks all.
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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    Quote Originally Posted by westernbeekeeper View Post
    Actually, on second look, that would be a butterfly or moth of some sort. See the long curled proboscis?
    Yes, very long proboscis.
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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    It's a moth

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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    Wow. That's kinda scary if it came from INside the hive. Thanks for the forensics!
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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    I concur, definitely a moth, probably a dead wax moth.
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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    I vote for the wax moth carcass myself as well.

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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    Quote Originally Posted by Seymore View Post
    Wow. That's kinda scary if it came from INside the hive.
    Wax moths are common inside weak hives.

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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    Looks like a wax moth that has passed thru the sphincter of a mouse....

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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    If that's the case, then wax moths are made out of the same thing as corn.

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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    Or peanuts

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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    I have a nuc I may steal a frame of eggs from and substantiate the hive. Can I do that any warm day over 50? And what are the logistics for stealing a frame in cold weather? The hives are only about 25 feet apart. Do I put the frame of larva into a thermal bag to transport to the new hive and let it sit while I open up the other, full-size hive? Or should I wait till April and see what I've got?

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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    Quote Originally Posted by jdmidwest View Post
    Looks like a wax moth that has passed thru the sphincter of a mouse....
    Hahaha

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    ".... Do I put the frame of larva into a thermal bag to transport to the new hive and let it sit while I open up the other, full-size hive? Or should I wait till April and see what I've got?..."
    Open the weak hive,remove an empty frame-an outside one is usually safe
    Shake/brush all the bees back into the hive. Spread the brood nest to make room for the doner frame,leave hive open.
    Go to the strong hive, select frame of brood-leave bees on it but be certain no queen.Drop in empty frame in the space,close hive.
    Walk to the weak hive ,lightly smoke the space you made to run the bees(and especially the queen out) drop the frame in and close it up.
    Good Luck, Mike
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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    Thanks, Mike. That sounds like a good plan.
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    Default Re: Is this a queen?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ledge View Post
    If that's the case, then wax moths are made out of the same thing as corn.
    Nearly wet my pants!!
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