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Dead bees and weird larvae

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New Bee

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Location: Rebstein, SG, Switzerland

PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:44 am    Post subject: Dead bees and weird larvae Reply with quote

Hi there! I have some wild bees growing under the boards of my balcony for months now. They were never aggressive and we love the company, so we let them be... this week we had the first frosts and I’ve now found a lot of dead bees in front of the “hive”. I thought it was just the cold, but then I spotted some weird fat brown larvae around, one of them attached to a bee’s head, and am very confused! Are they eating the dead bees? Or worse still do they grow in the bees like Alien???
I’ve also noticed quite a few larger bees inspecting the are, which I hadn’t seen before.
Please help, can I do anything to help them? What’s best to be done here?
Thanks already!
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Golden Bee

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Difficult to be sure without having seen them and without local knowledge. The dead bees could be the boys being kicked out before winter!

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