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Offline salvo

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cooties on inner cover
« on: October 16, 2012, 06:12:50 PM »
Hi Folks,

Just finished my second summer as a beek.

Past few weeks I've noticed a very small, gray colored, oval shaped insect on the seams of my top and inner covers.

They are small enough that I may have missed them all along, or thier numbers were too small, but I'm noticing them now. Colonies seem to be unaffected by them,...so far. Hives have been/are in beating sun.

I'm assuming they're insects (six legged) as opposed to eight legged, as they are oval and move more like an insect, almost like a flea.

What kinda cootie could it bee?

I'm out tonight, so I'll check in later tonight.

Thank you.

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Re: cooties on inner cover
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2012, 08:44:24 PM »
can you post a picture of your cooties?   ;)
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Re: cooties on inner cover
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2012, 09:29:40 PM »
 yeh, "Cootie Pics" are cool!...are they walkin around or just kinda sittin there?
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Re: cooties on inner cover
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2012, 09:49:37 PM »
I tried to get photos today. No luck. Camera couldn't focus on something so small.

I tried to catch them. I crushed a few. Pointed ovals, apparently soft bodies, steady movement. They are only in my Carniolan hive. My mutts as well as my VSH are cootie free.

Could they be a louse of some sort.








Thank you. :)

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Re: cooties on inner cover
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2012, 10:39:57 PM »
 :-D

you say they are small.  are they the size of the end of a pin, the size of an ant......

http://www.indianahoney.org/small-hive-beetle.cfm

look like this?
.....The greatest changes occur in their country without their cooperation. They are not even aware of precisely what has taken place. They suspect it; they have heard of the event by chance. More than that, they are unconcerned with the fortunes of their village, the safety of their streets, the fate of their church and its vestry. They think that such things have nothing to do with them, that they belong to a powerful stranger called “the government.” They enjoy these goods as tenants, without a sense of ownership, and never give a thought to how they might be improved.....

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Re: cooties on inner cover
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2012, 08:40:03 AM »
Yep Kathy, those are cooties, that is for sure.

Who remembers the toy cooties when we were little kids??????
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Re: cooties on inner cover
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2012, 11:31:08 AM »
Thanks Folks,

I'm familiar with SHB and their larvae. I've got a few of them. I would descibe the beetle as a dark brown Lady Bug. My cooties are not larvae. Also familiar with waxmoth larvae and varroa. Varroa more rounded and darker. These things actually look more like that stuffed louse I posted.

Smaller than the head of a common pin, pointed oval, medium gray color.

I was even thinking "spring-tails", but my bugs don't go boing!

Thanks again,

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Re: cooties on inner cover
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2012, 11:38:15 AM »
Are there any on your bees? They sound like V mites.

 

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