A ledger of activities in my apiary: problems, outcomes and information for me to look back on for decision making processes.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
More little worms
Yesterday I pulled the bottom board to the nasty hive and found five brood pulled from the comb. One was still alive and the others were sucked dry. I also found 4 more little worms. I went to the Honey fest. in Rockaway, taking some samples with me. I asked a long time beekeeper about the problem and after looking at the worms, said he had never seen such a thing. This morning I found no dead brood but did find six or more worms of various sizes, from 1/16 in to 1/4 in, in length. The look somewhat like a hive beetle larvae but I think they are much to small, and I see no beetles in the hive.
Today I sent the photo and history to the labs at Ithica for identification and what to do about it. I also did a thorough inspection of the hive, even with a magnifying glass and found nothing unusual, just a strong hive. Go figure. Later