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Cleaned out under the screened bottom board of one of my hives the other day. I found a bunch of sugar that had fallen from the mountain camp feeding, bits of wax, a bunch of pollen, a few dead bees, and these little red shell like things that look kind of like popcorn hulls. Any idea what they might be? Here is a link to a photo-
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_akQY1L8KB...PqGY/s1600/under+virginia+mar+29+2010+011.jpg

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Gareth
 

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I had the same thing last spring. The best I could figure, they were the husks that cover buds on trees. At the time they were collecting grain dust and other non-pollen powders.
 

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LOL Those are parts of dead bees. Notice the coloring. A mouse was feeding on the carcasses from around the hives. You sometimes can see the same in proximity to mice nests when found within the hive. OMTCW
 

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Maybe your bees have been popping popcorn over the winter. It's hard to tell what they're doing on the inside of that cluster!

(This is another case where you should pay attention to my signature!)
 
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