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Well I spent today with the national bee unit and lots of its inspectors from all over Wales and England. Learning all about the small hive beetle. They are getting ready for when not if it gets here. They showed what to look for it and I was suprised at the size of the little blighters. All in all a really good day out and a lot learned. :cheers2:
 

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Hi I have some close up photos of them in the hives! In the hand!running up the arm, And the damage they do, Also the treatment used.
But don’t know how to put the photos on the forum.
YOU CAN SEE THEM ON THE WEBSITE?
 

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They lay eggs in patches in the hive, they hatch out in one day. The larvae then eat pollen and brood. They leave the combs in a useless state honey combs become slimy with their faeces. Once a hive has them it is very difficult to get rid of. One thing in our favour in this country is there isnt a lot of migratory beekeepers on the scale of the states.
This is the small hive beetle


This gives you an idea of size not hard to spot.


Some damage done



Link to leaflet
http://beebase.csl.gov.uk/pdfs/SHB_factsheet.pdf
 
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