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Wasp larva in my split?

 
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CSWolffe
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:51 am    Post subject: Wasp larva in my split? Reply with quote

So, my Carnies are doing great, getting ready to swarm, so I did a split about ten days ago(HTBh). A week later, I went in and inspected the split, and sure enough, they've finished off one of the queen cells I spotted.
But while I was poking around, I noticed in one corner of one comb right by the entrance, I see about a dozen or so random cells capped with what looks like wasp paper, and a few odd looking brood in that area. I did notice what looked like a paper wasp poking around the entrance a day or so after I did the split. I was unable to snap a pic at the time
Is there some kind of parasitic paper wasp in the Rocky Mountain region of the US that will sneak in and lay eggs, cuckolding the bees into raising their young? Do the wasp larva eat bee brood?
And how bad is this sneaky bastard? Dangerous to my bees, once their numbers are up?
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CSWolffe
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No answers, huh?
Well, I phoned my cousin's fiance who is pursuing a degree in entomology, and she tells me it was most likely a cuckoo bee, which normally parasitizes paper wasps, and in this case was likely just taking the opportunity to dart in and lay a few eggs in a relatively undefended hive.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuckoo_bee
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 9:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting - never heard of that happening before!

I'm surprised the honeybees tolerate such bare-faced cheek, but maybe they don't regard it as a problem?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, this was a fresh split, low numbers, queen had not emerged yet. So they were not able to defend well against such intrusions.
She was quite upset I was unable to get any pictures, as documentation of such an event would be quite valuable to entomologists.
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