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Inspecting some hives today for progress and queen acceptance and I saw something looking like uncooked oatmeal on the bottom board. Not much, but wondered if this is something to be concerned about.

These two hives have been messed with quited a bit this spring/summer with doing splits, combining frames to build up hive, and queen hatching from cells. Hives seem to be struggling a little bit but there is egg/larvae and I have seen the queen in both hives.

Any ideas on what this debris might be?

Thanks in advance.

Soapy
 

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I agree with the wax cappings thought. I've seen what looked like sand on the solid bottom board. Upon close inspection, I believe it to be eggs that were chilled, died and then pulled out of the cells by the worker bees.
 
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