What is this white stuff in some of the combs?
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    Default What is this white stuff in some of the combs?

    Fuzzy appearance. Not larva (I'm not that blind ). On the honey frames. Looks cottony. Nothing on the capped combs at all. So I don't think it is mold because it would be growing on the caps as well. I have been feeding 1:1 getting them ready for winter, but I have never seen this before. I only noticed it in one hive.

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    Should I be worried??? Otherwise hive seems healthy. I did a full inspection mid-October to winterize them. Only went back into today because it is warm here and wanted to check honey stores once more so I didn't look for eggs/queen this time...They were doing fine the last time I checked.

    Location: North of Atlanta

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    Default Re: What is this white stuff in some of the combs?

    Could be honey that is starting to crystallize.
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    Default Re: What is this white stuff in some of the combs?

    Yep, looks like nectar/honey or sugar syrup that is beginning to crystallize.
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    Default Re: What is this white stuff in some of the combs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Joseph Clemens View Post
    Yep, looks like nectar/honey or sugar syrup that is beginning to crystallize.
    Should I be worried?

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    Default Re: What is this white stuff in some of the combs?

    Not to worry, all honey crystallizes. The bees still use it just fine. Some sources crystallize sooner than others.
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