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  1. #1
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    Default What Are These?

    So I've been on vacation and did a full inspection today (been home for a couple days, but time to get back to work).

    Saw a few SHBs, nothing bad at all there. Saw some large dark brown grub on the baseboard inside the hive, not sure what he was but I pulled him out and killed 'em (you can see him in the picture below).

    The thing I don't know about are these strange brown balls that the bees seem to have been making at the bottom of the hive, on the baseboard (not the frames). They seemed to be balling the larger ones, so I scraped them out with my hivetool to see what they were. Thought maybe they had propolis'ed some pests or something, but I cut one open with my hive tool and they seemed to be solid.

    So, experienced beekeepers, anyone know what these things are? There were several as you can see, and they seemed to have only been under a specific frame.

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    Default Re: What Are These?

    They look like pieces of old dark wax that have been dropped on the bottom board from when frames have been moved apart..

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    Default Re: What Are These?

    Wax worm I'm guessing.

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    Default Re: What Are These?

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    I saw the same thing at the entrance to a hive that recently replaced it's queen. It almost looked like a queen cup they had torn down. They flew off with it before I had a chance to satisfy my curiosity by cutting it open.
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    Default Re: What Are These?

    That's what they look like to me...discarded queen cups
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    Default Re: What Are These?

    one looks like a mouse turd that must be the grub.
    I'm from Jersey. South Jersey that is.

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    Default Re: What Are These?

    It is propolis. They will build these mounds, ridges, to access the bottom of the combs. Sorta like a ladder. They normally build many more in Fall and Winter than in Summer. By Spring, the entire bottom board may be dotted with these. No problem with these.

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    Last edited by Cleo C. Hogan Jr; 09-14-2013 at 06:43 AM.

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