Saturday, August 15, 2015

Tour de Hives

I participated in the tour de hives, Austin on August 15th, 2015. I showed the damage wax moth can do :-( And between visitors I stripped out all gunk from the four boxes of the old hive.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hive Check

Since I last checked everything seemed fine until about a weeks ago. It looks like hive 1 (my first hive) has way less bees than normal? Maybe they swarmed I thought, so I went to check it out. But found larva crawling out of the entrance. Uh Oh! I pulled the hive apart to find only a few thousand bees left. And wax moth, everywhere. larva, moths, cocoons, and the ugly silky web they leave, the entire hive is gone, and I am sad. I guess there will not be honey extraction!

Hive 2 has bees and looks OK on the surface. Didn't want to probe to deep in case I transferred wax moth eggs over to my one remaining hive.