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Offline acbs

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Wax Moth Larva
« on: July 12, 2009, 11:00:05 PM »
Took off the top of a hive and found this one and another smaller wax moth larva on the inner cover. The smaller one crawled over to the edge and leaped to its death (with a little help after it hit the ground :)). Managed to get a few shots of this one before I did away with it. Have noticed more larva this year, not to the point of taking over a hive, but one or two in a crack or crevice or corner somewhere. Even had one or two in the cracks between my top bars in my TBH's. Hives were too strong to allow them down into the hive.

Notice the dead bee antenna and body segment.

The bees were dead as a result of a spider that was also living on the inner cover.
« Last Edit: July 15, 2009, 03:12:58 AM by acbs »
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Re: Wax Moth Larva
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2009, 11:18:02 PM »
Wow, you take absolutely incredible pictures! :cheer:  Would love to see more!

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Re: Wax Moth Larva
« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2009, 03:09:27 AM »
I hate those suckers, but luckily the only time I've ever had a problem with them was when I extracted and failed to get the extracted frames back in the hive soon enough.

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Re: Wax Moth Larva
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2009, 12:19:48 AM »
    When I find 'em their reward is my taking them fishing with me and the kids!
Everyone said it couldn't be done. But he with a chuckle replied, "I won't be one to say it is so, until I give it a try."  So he buckled right in with a trace of a grin.  If he had a worry he hid it and he started to sing as he tackled that thing that couldn't be done, and he did it.  (unknown)

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Re: Wax Moth Larva
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2009, 08:37:28 AM »
Wow them things are big, I've never seen one before.
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And even more beautiful is knowing that you are the reason behind it!!!