Wax Moth Potential
I opened the bees today because it was in the mid 60s. There is a lot of honey/nectar in the hive, but the bees don’t seem interested in drawing out wax. It may just be too cold. I couldn’t find the queen, but there were plenty of eggs visible, so I’m not worried. She may have been hiding up in the Warre’ box; there was a good number of bees in that today. Unfortunately I didn’t see any pollen, except for what I could see on the bees pollen baskets. A lot of new bees were out today though, so the pollen may have just been consumed all at once.
I noticed things crawling around under the screen at the bottom of the hive, and took the brood box off to investigate. There were a lot of little moths and grub things crawling around under there, so I took out the white board (my brain is nooot working today, so I can’t remember what that plasticy/cardboard thing under the screen is called) and scraped it clean. My first guess was wax moths, but the moths were smaller than the bees, so I don’t know that they were those… I don’t know, they were gross and there was a lot of them. I squished as many as I could and then just threw the brown mush into the garden. Which, looking back on, I shouldn’t have done. I did see some dead mites in that mush so there were definitely some in the last colony. I hadn’t been able to pull that white board- is it just a mite board? That sounds more reasonable… *sigh* anyway, it had been too cold to move it, and all the stuff on it was caked on. Apparently I haven’t been very good about checking that. I’ll be better this year!
The bees seem to be doing just fine. The lack of pollen is worrisome, but I don’t know what I can do about that at the moment. I’ll have to see about getting some more pollen producing plants in the yard.