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  1. Beekeeping 101
    Hi, Question for the experts. I found larvae (approx. 4 larvae hanging around in my hive) it was either in uncapped wax or on top of the frames in the burr comb that was starting to be built. It looks like bee larvae but I don't know because one of the larvae was double the size of a bee...
  2. Beekeeping 101
    During my weekly check-up, I found a bunch of larvae clustered in the bottom corner of the broad box (only on bottom board, none seen on frames). Can anyone identify the larvae from the photo and any suggestions for treatment. I thought it could be moth larvae but it is only 1/4 inch long...
  3. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I think my queen stopped laying but I've read of queens not laying when it gets cold. Nights get into the upper 40's here as of the last week. Should I be re-queening? Am I missing something or is there anything else I can try? I'd let them emergency replace her but there aren't any larvae. I...
  4. Scientific Studies / CCD / Neonics
    The First Paenibacillus larvae Bacteriophage Endolysin (PlyPl23) with High Potential to Control American Foulbrood Endolysins, which are peptidoglycan-degrading enzymes expressed during the terminal stage of the reproduction cycle of bacteriophages, have great potential to control Gram-positive...
  5. Diseases and Pests
    Production of the Catechol Type Siderophore Bacillibactin by the Honey Bee Pathogen Paenibacillus larvae The Gram-positive bacterium Paenibacillus larvae is the etiological agent of American Foulbrood. This bacterial infection of honey bee brood is a notifiable epizootic posing a serious threat...
  6. Alternative Pollinators
    Hello everyone! I took down my bee house today and went through the cocoons. I intended my house to be for Mason bees, however Leaf Cutter bees outnumbered them! The only problem is that I checked two of the cocoons and noticed that the bees are still in the white worm larvae state. How can I...
  7. Beekeeping 101
    Good morning, All. We just took possession of two nucs on June 20th. On that day, we put them in their new homes and returned the following weekend to check on them. Both queens were out of their protective container. One hive appeared to be doing quite well...were quite noisy and flew about...
  8. Bee Forum
    First of all I'm in North Florida and have six hives. This is my second year beekeeping. I had hive that had good activity for the past few months coming in and out of the entrance(bearding and washboarding). A few days ago I noticed that there was barely any activity. Today I opened it up...
  9. Bee Forum
    I installed a nuc about three weeks ago and have been feeding them and watching them draw out comb. Today I looked at all the frames and discovered a new queen emerging. I also see lots of larvae but do not see any new eggs. There is also lots of capped brood and some pollen and honey too. I...
  10. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    I took a grafting class and the instructor (whom I feel is very capable) pointed out to me that I was grabbing eggs, not larvae and that I should stick with larvae. Now don't get me wrong, I totally trust the instructor, but I'm just curious as to what exactly happens to the egg that makes it...
  11. Diseases and Pests
    How to Kill the Honey Bee Larva: Genomic Potential and Virulence Mechanisms of Paenibacillus larvae Paenibacillus larvae, a Gram positive bacterial pathogen, causes American Foulbrood (AFB), which is the most serious infectious disease of honey bees. In order to investigate the genomic...
  12. Diseases and Pests
    Effect of Bodily Fluids from Honey Bee (Apis mellifera) Larvae on Growth and Genome-Wide Transcriptional Response of the Causal Agent of American Foulbrood Disease (Paenibacillus larvae) Paenibacillus larvae, the causal agent of American Foulbrood disease (AFB), affects honey bee health...
  13. Diseases and Pests
    hello all while cleaning out my oil trays this morning I found several worms in the oil and still very much alive they were only in one of my 4 hives. I checked the frames etc, did not see anything resembling them on frames although after the 4 th sting my inspection got a lot quicker :)...
  14. Beekeeping 101
    Have a top bar hive with a screened bottom, then a bottom cover I can unlatch to let the hive get some air. It has been closed for awhile due to the cool weather. So today I opened the bottom and saw some larvae on the bottom of cover. I guess the bee's can't get to them because of screen and...
  15. Diseases and Pests
    Transcriptional Response of Honey Bee Larvae Infected with the Bacterial Pathogen Paenibacillus larvae American foulbrood disease of honey bees is caused by the bacterium Paenibacillus larvae. Infection occurs per os in larvae and systemic infection requires a breaching of the host peritrophic...
  16. Beekeeping 101
    I received a package 30 days ago and weather in Northwest Arkansas has varied considerably from warm to freezing and warm again. Looks like snow for tomorrow. Beautiful foundation and foundation less combs are drawn out but I don't see any capped brood. Plenty of honey. Bees seem very calm...
  17. The Queen & Bee Breeding
    Are any of these larvae young enough for possible queen production? I'm trying to get an idea of what size is "ok". This will be for one of the non-grafting type of queen production...even doing a simple split I want to be sure I've got the right age larvae to work with. Thanks, Ed
  18. Bee Forum
    I made some splits a while back and in one half of one split the bees abandoned the hive, leaving 3 frames of mostly capped brood. :( I didn't notice this immediately; it took at least 2 weeks and maybe almost a month. When found the brood was being consumed by maggots, apparently the larval...
  19. Bee Forum
    Hi, I was wondering how many larvae a nurse bee could feed? Is it possible for there to be more larvae than nurse bees?
  20. Bee Forum
    I found larvae (lots) in my homey super. I am very new to this. I have a small garden hive a friend gave me before leaving the country. I recently inspected and found all this larvae about the properly placed queen excluder. The queen must be above the excluder. This was not the case when I...
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