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  1. #1
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    Default Unable to identify with certainty - ideas?

    I am seeing a number of these on the bottom board; nay ideas?

    I don't think they are wax moth (notice what appears to be eyes and a stinger forming (?)

    I'm suspecting they may be malformed bee larvae that the bees are clearing out but beyond that I am at a loss.


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    Default Re: Unable to identify with certainty - ideas?

    They have the appearance of fly larva, they look just like certain hover fly larva. See --> link.
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    Default Re: Unable to identify with certainty - ideas?

    Awfully big for bee larva. Do you have a reference for size?? Nickle Dime??

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    Default Re: Unable to identify with certainty - ideas?

    They are about the size of a capped worker brood.

    I don't think they are a hover fly, notice the above one; it appears to have eyes beginning at one end and what appears to be a stinger at the other.

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    Default Re: Unable to identify with certainty - ideas?

    Alien larvae.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Unable to identify with certainty - ideas?

    definitely not bees -I seem to remember an article in one of the bee journals a few months ago about a fly that preyed on bees-may be syphlid(spelling) does any one remember the article and the name of the pest?

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    Default Re: Unable to identify with certainty - ideas?

    Sorry guys, they're definitely fly larva. I'd put them, with some food, in a sealed container, wait for them to mature. They're easier to identify after they're adults. Though I'm sure, some expert on flies is smiling, easily able to identify them, even as larva.
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    Default Re: Unable to identify with certainty - ideas?

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Alien larvae.

    Definitely.

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    Default Re: Unable to identify with certainty - ideas?

    They are something that should be eliminated with extreme prejudice.
    It takes a family to raise a family, it takes a village to really screw that up... Djei5

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