A few of these pinkish larvae are appearing over the crownboard on some hives ... Any idea as to what they might be? My fingers are crossed not Wax Moth... Bees coming up via CB Feed Hole went for one with vigorous stinging and pulling apart...
I've not witnessed them previously.
My iPhone identified it as a goat moth caterpillar but when I googled I discovered the moth is rare in the U.K. and the caterpillars are 10 cm long. @Spikedog what size was the caterpillar?
I’ve asked for Id on a butterfly moth group.
Plum moth larvae. The cocoon is quite different from wax moth: more of an elongated oval, quite neat. They love to over-winter on crownboards and inside roofs, but as I prefer plum & damson, they get the boot.
2-3cm ... varied... will be back as some hives tomorrow and if they are about will measure... They are welcome to live with the earwigs over CB if not destructive... Odd have not come across them previously... Look forward to positive id.