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« on: February 16, 2014, 04:02:48 PM »

Well it's a really warm day for February here in Colorado. I noticed a lot of yellow stuff falling one of my hives so I decided to place a board under it. When I inspected it I found what looks like eggs or larva. I guess I'm wondering now if this is a pest or if the queen has run out of space to lay. Or if the bees are taking eggs and larva out.
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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2014, 04:25:48 PM »

Wax cappings .
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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2014, 04:43:01 PM »

snowmix,
Are you talking about everything on the board in general, or specifically the one item dead center of the picture.  huh

If the later, I can see where it kind of looks like an egg, but it seems WAY TOO large to be that.  Maybe wax moth larva...maybe??? Not sure.
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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2014, 04:59:19 PM »

Yes I'm talking about the one dead center, there is another one on the right side of the picture
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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2014, 05:28:00 PM »

Yes I'm talking about the one dead center, there is another one on the right side of the picture

How about scale?  Exactly how big is it, or what would you compare it's size to?  I think a egg from the queen is about 1/3rd the size of a grain of rice.  I'm guessing whatever is in your photo is quite a bit larger than that.
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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2014, 06:21:50 PM »

Well it is about 1mm long and about the diameter of a straight pin

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« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2014, 10:06:47 AM »

>Well it is about 1mm long and about the diameter of a straight pin

That would be in the ballpark of a bee egg.  It looks kind of juicy though, so if it is, it was about to hatch.  If it just hatched it would be curled up.  Usually when they remove eggs they consume them.
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« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2014, 02:20:09 PM »

years ago i found a bunch of eggs on the bottom board.  never found an answer for it.  i did post pictures, but that was so far back you'd never find them.  it was an odd thing and i have never found the same again.
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« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2014, 06:44:38 PM »

So maybe they were going to eat them and just dropped them on accident. I keep finding weird stuff when I take the time to look closely. It sure makes me feel better being able to come here to ask questions. So this spring I plan to graft a few larva. How much bigger then this egg will the right age larva be.
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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2014, 08:01:39 PM »

where do you live?  go to your profile and put the info in so that we don't have to keep asking you   Wink

as i recall, there are some picture on here showing the right age for grafting.  try a search and see what you find.  most likely someone will have some handy for you also.
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