Results 1 to 10 of 10
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Wichita Kansas
    Posts
    71

    Default Help me identify this substance

    I had one of my topbar hives not survive the winter and when i was cleaning it up I noticed this white substance in the cells where one would normally find brood. It's fairly hard and some cells, it's packed in pretty tight. In others, it's loose and sort of granular. Anyone know what this is?

    well, for some reason the picture won't show up...i'll work on it.

    I gave up and put it on photbucket.



    http://s1343.beta.photobucket.com/us...ibrary/?page=1
    Last edited by catbackr; 03-15-2013 at 08:22 AM. Reason: no picture

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Arlee MT USA
    Posts
    548

    Default Re: Help me identify this substance

    Did you feed them dry sugar?

    Possibly crystalized honey?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Roanoke, VA
    Posts
    1,520

    Default Re: Help me identify this substance

    Just a heads up, I can add pictures, but to do it I think you need to use the advanced button. I am using Google Chrome, don't know if that makes a difference.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Wichita Kansas
    Posts
    71

    Default Re: Help me identify this substance

    Using the advanced button didn't help. I keep getting an error when it does the upload.

    To the question about did i feed them sugar. No I hadn't fed these bees any sugar. This doesn't look like any honey I've ever seen, but I am at a loss to say what it is. The picture would really help but I'm obviously not smart enough to figure out how to load it.

    I'm wondering what larva that had frozen would look like...i'm thinking that may be what it is.
    Last edited by catbackr; 03-14-2013 at 10:25 PM.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Arlee MT USA
    Posts
    548

    Default Re: Help me identify this substance

    Just put the pictures on photobucket and use that.

  6. #6

    Default Re: Help me identify this substance

    brood disease like chalkbrood? Compare with pictures you find in the internet.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Wichita Kansas
    Posts
    71

    Default Re: Help me identify this substance

    I took the advice and put them on photbucket....see above. No, not chalkbrood.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Location
    Nehawka, Nebraska USA
    Posts
    46,553

    Default Re: Help me identify this substance

    Looks like crystallized honey to me...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Branson, MO
    Posts
    577

    Default Re: Help me identify this substance

    They may have picked up sugar from another source

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Wichita Kansas
    Posts
    71

    Default Re: Help me identify this substance

    and you were absolutely correct Michael. I feel kinda dumb for not recognizing it. I guess I'd just never noticed it and i was trying to come up with some exotic reason why the hive died out. Thanks.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Ads