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House Bee
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« on: April 17, 2013, 12:28:13 AM »

Took off the bottom board to clean it of dropped winter sugar, etc., and found on the screen a recently dead larva, about an inch long, with a dark green zig-zaggy pattern on the back. Assumed it must be SHB or waxmoth larva, but the photos I've seen of those on-line look all-white. Anyone have any insights? Wish I'd taken a photo...

Edit: I found it on a photo of the bottom board - not very clear, but ...

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Galactic Bee
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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2013, 02:44:08 AM »

It is butterflye's larva.

I have met one kind of butterfly larvaes near my hives several times and I suppose that it is some kind of predator.
These larvae seek for shelter too and it may be accident that it is inside the hive.

Larva seems to live outside because it has camouflage on.


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Field Bee
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« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2013, 07:06:55 AM »

Looks like what we call a cut worm.
It's a moth larve.

most often i find my greatest source of stress to be OPS  ( other peoples stupidity )

It is better to keep ones mouth shut and be thought of as a fool than to open ones mouth and in so doing remove all doubt.
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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2013, 11:33:07 AM »

wax moth and hive beetle larvae are smaller than that.  
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