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COLVIN
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« on: June 05, 2006, 11:08:57 AM »

CAN'T FIND IT THE POSTINGS BUT I READ SOMETIME BACK ABOUT WHAT CAUSES THE WET GREASY LOOK ON FRAMES. SOME ONE REFRESH ME. I THINK I HAVE THIS PROBLEM NOW. COLVIN
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2006, 08:12:11 PM »

Wet greasy looking cappings in the honey super are normal as are white cappings.  One just has a bit of air under the cap and the other does not.

Wet greasy BROOD cappings are a sign of brood diseases or old brood comb that has been abondoned because it got chilled.  Especially if they are pierced cappings, I'd do a matchstick/rope test for AFB.  If I found ropey brood, I'd do a holst milk test for AFB.  If that was positive I'd send some of it to Beltsville for a positive ID.
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2006, 09:10:20 PM »

Do you have Small Hive Beetle?

If you do then that is what it will be.
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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2006, 03:01:35 PM »

Does this grease have any foul odor?  Do the combs with this grease smell like:
rancid meat=AFB
Small Hive Beetle Larvae=NAUSIATINGLY ROTTEN oranges

I have never smelled AFB, so that's coming out a book's experiences and not mine but, I can back up from MULTIPLE experiences about the smell of SHB larvae.  THEY STINK!
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2006, 10:19:14 PM »

small hive beetles make the frames look wet  - shortly followed up by waxmoth and fireant infestation and then a state of depression on the part of the beekeeper.
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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2006, 12:57:48 AM »

My frames have wet looking pollen, but it smells nice.  Kinda startled me when I first saw a whole frame of pollen all greay looking, but it smelled great so no worries.
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« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2006, 02:20:43 AM »

The damp looking pollen is actually a mixture of pollen, honey, and other substances excreted by the bees for the feeding of brood and usually called bee bread.
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2006, 10:41:44 PM »

Looks ok to me
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