Re: I thought it was too cold for hive beetles here
I have never seen wax moth larvae eating protein patties, but I guess they could. Most likely what u saw was SHB larvae. I have seen more adults in my hives this year than ever before, even when they are down South.
Seems like you did the right thing taking the patties off of the hives. What r your populations like? Maybe they are too weak to eat up the patties fast enuf.
Mark Berninghausen "To float, upheld, as salt water would hold you, once you dared." Denise Levertov, poet