White milky substance
Results 1 to 13 of 13
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Fultonville,New York,USA
    Posts
    711

    Default White milky substance

    Have a hive with a newly mated queen. Seeing eggs but also this white milky substance in cells. Any ideas? There definitely not larva. Tried to get a picture but no luck. Thanks

  2. Remove Advertisements
    BeeSource.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Gould, OK
    Posts
    120

    Default Re: White milky substance

    food for the larva. The bees will feed it to the larva for 3 days then change the type of food until the cap the cells. Look in the cells for little larva's and you will see different shapes and sizes. That indicates the ages of the larva. I would suggest reading more about the life cycles of the bees.

  4. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Fultonville,New York,USA
    Posts
    711

    Default

    Yea I know all about there life cycle. I’ve seen tons of larva eggs etc. Just saying looked very odd to me. We will see

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Auckland,Auckland,New Zealand
    Posts
    10,191

    Default Re: White milky substance

    Is this white milky substance in cells around a larva?
    "Every viewpoint, is a view from a point." - Solomon Parker

  6. #5
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Grand Rapids MI USA
    Posts
    1,560

    Default Re: White milky substance

    I’ll bet there’s a larvae at the bottom of this.
    Rod

  7. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Aylett, Virginia
    Posts
    4,140

    Default Re: White milky substance

    Sickdog, I have seen pools of royal jelly so deep the larva was not visible. Good pollen supply? I have also seen the larvae very dry to where I wondered if they would even develop. So mark the frames with the white substance and come back in a week to see if there is not a big fat larva in those cells.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

  8. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    England, UK
    Posts
    1,637

    Default Re: White milky substance

    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    I have seen pools of royal jelly so deep the larva was not visible. Good pollen supply? I have also seen the larvae very dry to where I wondered if they would even develop.
    Yes - strange isn't it ? Sometimes there's just a smear around the newly hatched larva, and sometimes they really dump the stuff in. Curious.
    LJ
    A Heretics Guide to Beekeeping http://heretics-guide.atwebpages.com/

  9. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Fultonville,New York,USA
    Posts
    711

    Default

    This is the best pic I got. Just looked different to me
    Attached Images Attached Images

  10. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Aylett, Virginia
    Posts
    4,140

    Default Re: White milky substance

    I am not seeing much of anything in those cells. Maybe it is my phone and the little screen. Try using a toothpick and see if you can pull any of the stuff out.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

  11. #10
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Auckland,Auckland,New Zealand
    Posts
    10,191

    Default Re: White milky substance

    Does the white milky substance look a little bit like this?

    "Every viewpoint, is a view from a point." - Solomon Parker

  12. #11
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Fultonville,New York,USA
    Posts
    711

    Default Re: White milky substance

    Yes kind of

  13. #12
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Aylett, Virginia
    Posts
    4,140

    Default Re: White milky substance

    Ya know, if you blow that picture up, you can make out the lavae swimming in that huge pool of royal jelly.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

  14. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2016
    Location
    Fultonville,New York,USA
    Posts
    711

    Default Re: White milky substance

    Quote Originally Posted by JWPalmer View Post
    Ya know, if you blow that picture up, you can make out the lavae swimming in that huge pool of royal jelly.
    Yea thanks Jw like I said just looked strange to me.

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •