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Offline COLVIN

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WET LOOK
« on: June 05, 2006, 12:08:57 PM »
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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Offline Michael Bush

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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2006, 09:12:11 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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Offline downunder

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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2006, 10:10:20 PM »
Do you have Small Hive Beetle?

If you do then that is what it will be.

Offline Apis629

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« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2006, 04:01:35 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!

Offline hiptfarms

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2006, 11:19:14 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.

Offline BEE C

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« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2006, 01:57:48 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, 03:20:43 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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Offline Kirk-o

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Re: WET LOOK
« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2006, 11:41:44 PM »
Looks ok to me
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