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Offline BB2

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Black mess on varroa board
« on: May 28, 2011, 05:25:36 AM »
Hi to all,

Discovered this forum and like it so making a first post to ask is there any cause for alarm after finding this black substance on the varroa board under a newly installed (one week) nucleus in a Langstroth hive.

There are only 5/6 varroa on the board and the bees are flying and active despite poor weather at present.


Any positive diagnosis please.


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Re: Black mess on varroa board
« Reply #1 on: May 28, 2011, 08:09:19 AM »
bee poop
those hot bees will have you steppin and a fetchin like your heads on fire and your @ss is a catchin!!!

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Re: Black mess on varroa board
« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2011, 08:13:55 AM »
Hey!
Are you saying the big black blob almost at centre is bee poop!!??

That's a big pile of dung for a little bee!

How do they get it in one pile.

Would appreciate the how, what and when please but thanks for the reply.

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Re: Black mess on varroa board
« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2011, 10:13:09 AM »
don't know what made the black glob, but other insects and critters get on your slide in.  it's a great place for mice to nest if you leave them in over the winter  ;-)

if the hive looks and acts healthy, stuff like that is probably not to important...
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Re: Black mess on varroa board
« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2011, 10:28:32 AM »
How do they get it in one pile.

squat and squeeze  :-D
those hot bees will have you steppin and a fetchin like your heads on fire and your @ss is a catchin!!!

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Re: Black mess on varroa board
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2011, 08:41:41 PM »
Women do seem to go the bathroom in groups........................

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Re: Black mess on varroa board
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2011, 08:48:17 PM »
I'm with Kathy on this one. Sometimes I find strange looking stuff on the bottom board, but I don't worry about it when the hive is otherwise healthy looking.


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Re: Black mess on varroa board
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2011, 06:54:55 AM »
Something other than a bee probably was scavenging food from the tray and left some feces behind.
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