Hive inspections

I inspected the hives yesterday.

Right hive – The right hive was pretty devoid of honey, bees and anything else.

There as a wax moth larvae in frames 6, 7, 8 and 10. I pulled them off the combs with a pair of needle nose pliers. There were plenty on the 10th frame, enough that I just ended up pulling the entire frame and popped it in the freezer.

There were also wax moth larvae in the bottom of the hive, so I swapped out the bottom.

It looks like this hive is simply being raided by the hive next door of its pollen and honey. There didn’t appear to be a queen present because there were not bee larvae present. They had built a small amount of comb, because it some of the frames were combed together and I pulled them apart last week and scrapped off the comb off the top of the frames.

Left hive – The left hive was doing pretty well. LOTS of honey in the top box. Honey and/or pollen in all frames except 10. Brood or larvae in frames 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8.

The bottom box had brood mostly, as opposed to larvae in 2, 4, 5, 6 & 7. Honey and pollen in 8, 9 & 10.

Queen cup in the bottom of frame 4.

I added a honey super onto this hive, without the queen excluder just to give the bees somewhere to go.

The wax foundations on one of my honey supers had a white powdery substance on it. I didn’t know if that was the beginnings of wax moths so I stuck the whole lot in the freezer.

Powdery looking stuff that could be wax moth residue

Powdery looking stuff that could be wax moth residue

Queen cup found at the bottom of the productive hive.

Queen cup found at the bottom of the productive hive.

Another look at the stuff that was on the wax foundation that could be was moth residue.

Another look at the stuff that was on the wax foundation that could be was moth residue.

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