lost a hive, now has wax moth on 6 deep frames
I think it lost it's queen because I saw 5-6 supercedure cells. Maybe it got too low in numbers and couldn't get replacements fast enough. I know I was intervening on some robbing over the last 4 weeks. I went into the hive later January and things were fine then. It was a cordovan queen I got last spring and split from a different hive. I'm not sure if what I see on the bottom board is mites, lots of specks of dark and light but it could be cappings from the robbing. When I checked the hive in January, I checked only the medium upper box and everything was good then.
So now I have all these frames covered with wax moth webbing. Right now I have them out in the sun. Will that kill them? If so, how long should I leave them in the sun? I believe no rain in the forecast. I'm treatment free.
Also, it looks like the remaining bees may have adopted the hive next door, because when I walked up to my hives, these are my backyard hives, the first thing I noticed was bees on the front of the next door hive. Not bearding, but covering the front just hanging out. Is that possible?
It's my first loss this year.
Last edited by bevy's honeybees; 03-19-2013 at 06:08 PM.
Reason: added treatment free
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