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  1. #1
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    Default What is this junk?

    I handled our bee club group package buy this last year so now I'm fielding all the newbee "What happened to my bees?" questions. I was sent this picture this morning. Mite frass? Crystallized syrup? Beats me.
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/muc9fgjs7c60nvm/photo.JPG
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    Default Re: What is this junk?

    Drop of water would narrow it down a bit.
    4 yrs, Peak 14, back to zip, T lite; godfather to brother's 3.

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    Default Re: What is this junk?

    Recrystalized sugar syrup.

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    Default Re: What is this junk?

    Quote Originally Posted by cg3 View Post
    Mite frass? Crystallized syrup?
    Bug poop or sugar? Time for the taste test!

    Seriously though, just looks like crystallized syrup/honey ... have them take a sample, warm it, and watch it dissolve to confirm.

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    Default Re: What is this junk?

    looks like crystallization. Tell them to rub some between their fingers if its grainy then you know.

    Mite frass is much smaller and sparse

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    Default Re: What is this junk?

    They have sucked the liquid out and left the crystals behind. Mite frass if it is attached should be on top of cell, and yes mites poop chute too small for those chunks!

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    Default Re: What is this junk?

    Mite bee a little mold mixed in there

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    Default Re: What is this junk?

    Good to know details about mite's poop chute. Thx
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    Default Re: What is this junk?

    LOL...ps love athens, oh. My sister went to school there great place in the foothills of Appalachia.

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    Default Re: What is this junk?

    Crystals left over after the bees tried to eat the "honey? " This can occur in 100% natural honey depending on the nectar source but is most often associated with syrup that had a very high % of corn syrup. Bees love to throw it out the front door in the spring.

    One reason I shy away from anything with the words "corn syrup" in the product description when purchasing syrup.

    Any canola in your area?

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    Default Re: What is this junk?

    Quote Originally Posted by Honey-4-All View Post
    Any canola in your area?
    No. These guys live pretty far from any ag.
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