What is this on the comb?
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  1. #1
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    Default What is this on the comb?

    I added my second 2 about a month ago all foundation frames. I have been feeding the bees to draw the frames. Today while i was inspecting I notice some red stuff on the comb. here is a pic tell me what you think? Bees are working hard to draw the second deep.


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    Default Re: What is this on the comb?

    Pollen with syrup/honey over it.
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    Default Re: What is this on the comb?

    Oh I'm good. Thanks for the answer.

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    Default Re: What is this on the comb?

    My eyes aren't good enough to tell if there is pollen in the bottom of that cell. Perhaps it is syrup from a hummingbird feeder in the neighborhood?

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    Default Re: What is this on the comb?

    I vote with Ray. In an area being drawn for incoming nectar, it's not likely to be pollen stored there.
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    Default Re: What is this on the comb?

    Hummingbird feeder food? I posted a while back a bar of honey that was blood red.

    Here is the thread:
    https://www.beesource.com/forums/show...058-Red-nectar
    Last edited by shannonswyatt; 08-25-2013 at 09:16 AM. Reason: Added information

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    Default Re: What is this in the comb?

    Here, in my neighborhood, it is usually one of two things; syrup from a hummingbird feeder, or juice from prickly pear fruit. Either, or both are usually collected during a dearth.

    If my colonies are collecting prickly pear fruit juice, it seems to have an adverse effect on cultured queen cells, in cell builder colonies. Feeding sugar syrup and pollen substitute can eliminate the problems with prickly pear fruit juice.
    Last edited by Joseph Clemens; 08-25-2013 at 10:01 AM.
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