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Oh dear!! No wasps but Wax moth ... python like larvae

 
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 4:51 pm    Post subject: Oh dear!! No wasps but Wax moth ... python like larvae Reply with quote

Thanks every one for your good advice about wasps and wasp traps.

Off we went with our newly made traps, sugar and vinegar solution and entrance hole reducers. Yup, the blinkin' things were still there.

Then I decided to have a look inside ...... wax moth stuff that looked like cotton wool balls and larvae-on-steroids that made pythons look as if there was nothing to be scared of!! At that stage I decided that the wasps were welcome to what they wanted. A few weeks ago there were bees, now there were none.

There were so many larvae we made a fire. Its just a shame we didn't need to keep warm, I guess we could have imagined we were in Australia and savoured look alike witchety grubs..

So, we're in August. We've had swarming, wax moth, wasps, what must we look out for before they retire for the winter? We've got 3 apparently healthy colonies now. Lost 2. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Sad
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to hear that they didn't make it. Wax moths and wasps are a sign of a weak colony, and they may not have survived winter anyway.

It's really important to be vigilant of your remaining strong colonies though as the wasps will try to find a way in especially once they have already had success and tasted honey and of course other honey bees can target your hives too.

Also keep an eye out on the ground under the hive for bees with deformed wings, especially young workers. I've just discovered a bad outbreak in one of my hives that didn't swarm this summer. It's not too late to deal with it yet thank goodness, but another couple of weeks and they would probably be beyond redemption.

And then of course, you need to make sure they have enough stores for winter and feed if necessary, but you know that of course.

Nobody said this beekeeping lark was easy! Wink

Good luck with the surviving colonies.

Barbara
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately, in the few times over the years that I encountered wax moths, neither the colonies nor the wooden boxes that they lived in "made it." I considered it a mercy-killing. If the colony has, for whatever reason, become so weak that they could not overpower this predator, then it becomes my business to terminate the predator. Sad
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Paul Reyes
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2014 7:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wax moths is a sign of an unhealthy colony, the best way to make sure this doesn't happen to keep a healthy colony.
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