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  1. #1
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    Sad suspicious looking frame

    coming to end of my first summer and found frames looking like this, I can't find similar looking frames online to tell me if it is okay or a disaster

    Hope someone can diagnosis for mesuspicious looking frame.jpg

    thanks
    Mike

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: suspicious looking frame

    Looks like plain ole capped honey to me. Looks like that in my brood frames, lighter on super foundation.
    “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic”

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    Default Re: suspicious looking frame

    That's typical of what I see here when feeding sugar-syrup - capped honey here is usually a much light colour. But - people tell me that they also see this with capped honey - so there you go ...

    But - either way, there's nothing there to be concerned about.
    LJ
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    Default Re: suspicious looking frame

    Little John, I only see it like that on darker comb, extract the honey and it looks almost the same as honey from a purdy white frame from my supers. Not sure, but I think it is more "optical" due to comb color.

    Hey, you also didn't use any cool old words like "fortnight" Like that old school "Engrish" ( Uncle Benny Hill)
    “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic”

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    Default Re: suspicious looking frame

    LOL

    LJ
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  7. #6
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    Default Re: suspicious looking frame

    Yep, capped honey. The wax/cappings look a little darker than a "first year" frame normally does to me, but no reason for concern.

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    Default Re: suspicious looking frame

    What you are seeing is called wet cappings. It is produced mainly by Caucasian (Russian) bees. I have both wet and dry cappings in my hives, but never in the same hive.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: suspicious looking frame

    As JWPalmer says, they are just wet cappings on honey. It's a genetic trait to do wet or dry cappings. Your bees are doing wet cappings. Dry cappings have a bit of air between the honey and the cap.
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    Default Re: suspicious looking frame

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Bush View Post
    It's a genetic trait to do wet or dry cappings.
    I learned something new there. Thanks MB.

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