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  1. Splits/Combines
    Hi I have one of my two hives did a late season swarm at the end of August. The swarm wound up in a pine tree 25 feet off the ground and unaccessible for recovery. I found 2 open swarm cells on one frame that both look like they had queens emerge. I did an inspection but could not find a queen...
  2. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    I am a new beekeeper for approximately 5 weeks, and last evening when the hive was quiet I checked the bottom board of my TBH and found larvae. I have attached video. I inspected the inside a couple of days ago and everything seemed fine. I am not sure if my hive has SHB I plan to inspect the...
  3. Top Bar & Horizontal Hive Forum
    Hi again everyone, I am hoping someone can help me understand what I am looking at in these pictures. I am wondering if I have a wax moth problem in my hive. And is the dark brown under the honey normal? If this is wax moth larva is there something you can recommend I do to take care of the...
  4. Diseases and Pests
    Hello, Does anyone know how wax moth can be removed from hive this time of the year? The days are not warm, so I don't want to do inspection, but sticky board is suggesting that there can be a wax moth in the hive. I had a SHB trap in my hives that I removed about 1-1.5 moths ago - they had...
  5. Treatment-Free Beekeeping
    Can a hive with a healthy population handle wax moths? I have 17 hives. I saved two deep supers of capped honey in case any of my splits needed a boost. As it turns out three did not fill their second brood box (only 3/4 of the frames in the top box had honey) The weather is getting colder here...
  6. Bee Forum
    Bee Math, or the timing of the developmental part of their early lives is well documented. M Bush has this available on his web site in a helpful page. http://www.bushfarms.com/beesmath.htm I am looking to better understand the math involved in the wax moth life cycle. As I understand it there...
  7. Diseases and Pests
    Help needed please. I have a propane gas fogger. We have lots of mosquitos and we have bees on our land. I love the bees! I don't love the mosquitos! I don't love the wax moths! I have been told mineral oil suffocates the veroa mites and does not affect the bees. Will mineral oil also get rid...
  8. Bee Forum
    Hello, all. I'm a first year beekeeper in southeast Iowa. I bought a Russian pkg this year, installed it and took a mere 6 gal. I also recieved a swarm from a friend. Right in the middle between mean and dosile. Anyway, I was wondering if I missed anything. I've got ventilation holes in the...
  9. Bee Forum
    If someone is interested in becoming the new "Sundance" BT supplier the bacillus thuringiensis aizawai powders are available in 5 pound bags through some of the Crop Production Services distributors. For example, Crop Production Services in Fancher, NY sells XenTari-BT for $18.55 per lb. (5#...
  10. 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...
  11. Equipment/Hardware
    For a couple of years, I kept bees in a top bar hive. Long story short, it didn't work for me. Late last season, I tried to move my bees into a couple of Langstroths, and ended up loosing my bees before winter. I have 3 deep boxes and I will be picking up my new nuc in a few weeks. Last...
  12. Welcome Forum
    I have a question about winter super storage. I'm a new beekeeper in Brevard County, FL. I have only 6 hives now but intend to wind up with a hundred or so in the next couple of years. I have run 500-600 hives in two different operations, one in California in the late 70's, and again in The...
  13. Diseases and Pests
    I can't figure out what happened so I'm hoping a more experienced bee keeper might have some ideas. Had a mature hive that historically was proplis heavy, but also had a queen that begun to lay spotty. Because I was tired of all the propolis and because I didn't like the vibe of how the hive...
  14. Diseases and Pests
    Hi all. Last week, I tried moving a split from a TBH into a frameless Langstroth. It was a diseaster. The nurse bees left the first night. Just now, I thought I'd clean out the brood from the abandoned Lang. I pulled it out and there was a moth. It looked like a pantry moth, maybe about a half...
  15. Diseases and Pests
    Hi All, I am in Vermont, have 6 colonies, all thriving this year. Just checked them today and there are a few small larvae/caterpillar type worms on the top bars of some of the frames in two of the hives. I have never encountered them before. There are also some very small black droppings on...
  16. Beekeeping 101
    1. Put wax moth comb on strong hive? 2. Did the Bt not work...or did it? I'm trying to decide whether to re-use some medium drawn frames that went through a wax moth invasion. I don't have a freezer to put the comb in but I do have a strong hive I could at least put a super of the damaged...
  17. Bee Forum
    I'm getting ready to research this but thought I might save some time if anyone has already researched it. I want to get an upright freezer to keep my frames in to keep away the moths. Then I started thinking why not a refrigerator? I am wondering how HIGH I can keep the freezer temps (thinking...
  18. Beekeeping 101
    I think the robbing is going to come to an end. Our flow is all ragweed, but I saw a bee come back to the hive this morning, her legs doubled in size by yellow pollen. I'm still feeding on an open feeder in the yard, but reducing the amounts. During the attacks, a fair number of bee bodies...
  19. Diseases and Pests
    They were small and I didn't see any wax moths. I counted 16, ranging from 3/8 ths of an inch long to 3/4 of an inch long on the hood of my chevy where I set the bottom board in the sun to kill them off. There was brown waste matter, dry, looked like dry compost?, in the bottom board as well...
  20. Beekeeping 101
    I had a hive die out on me early this year.:pinch: Eager to obtain a replacement hive, I used a medium super with drawn comb from the dead out and set up a bait hive using a vial of bee pheromone. I checked it yesterday and was heart broke when I saw a bunch of fat white grubs that looked...
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