Wax moths damaged several frames of drawn foundation from my weakest hive. Can/will my healthy hive collect and reuse the wax? I have placed the damaged frames about 20 yards from the healthy hive. Mike
I have put many a wax moth damaged brood frame of drawn comb in an existing hive and have in every case had the bees clean it right up, rebuild it into working comb and have the queen laying in it in short order.
I have never seen bees "collect" and/or reuse wax in any fasion.
On occasion I have seen them rearrange wax in the hive. I've seen them resuse wax from comb or foundation in the hive for cappings. But not to any great degree nor I have I seen them collect it from comb outside to any degree. The moths, on the other hand, will have a feast if you leave it out.
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