Mildew on the top of full frames of honey supers.

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Am just in the process of clearing down a couple of supers to extract....but on removing the top super I have found what looks like mould or mildew along the tops of quite a lot of the frames?????
Is that what the black is on the capped honey in frames???

..and what should I do???
Cut it out??....discard it??...uncap it and extract it???

Also.....any idea on the cause...it wasn't there a fortnight ago 🤷🤷

Ta muchly
 

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I can see nothing of concern in your pics, but will bow to those with better eyesight
 

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Faeces from moth perhaps
The hive temp wouldn't allow mould
No sleep should be lost
I don't think so.... it's along the top of a number of frames.....only a small amount on some...more on others.... haven't seen any moths or the like in there 🤷🤷
 

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Yeah..... that's what I was trying to show....I have smoked the bees when I'm checking.... hasn't felt like I'm over smoking them...but...maybe I have done that 🤷🤷🤷
Thanks for looking at the pics.....I'll try and take some better pics tomorrow....I'm hoping to do the extracting tomorrow 😁😎
 

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Am just in the process of clearing down a couple of supers to extract....but on removing the top super I have found what looks like mould or mildew along the tops of quite a lot of the frames?????
Is that what the black is on the capped honey in frames???

..and what should I do???
Cut it out??....discard it??...uncap it and extract it???

Also.....any idea on the cause...it wasn't there a fortnight ago 🤷🤷

Ta muchly
Yes, I think you are correct. Little touch of black mould. Were the frames well covered in bees before you cleared them or a bit scant?
 

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Here's a bunch of close ups ......my gut tells me it's mould.....should I cut out the offending sections?
 

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They were pretty full.... it's a good size colony.
Black mould is a bit ubiquitous, but I don't recall seeing it on recently filled and capped super frames (before now!). Moulds are common in my hives where there are not enough bees to well cover the frames, which are usually the empty outer or lower ones.
 

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Black mould is a bit ubiquitous, but I don't recall seeing it on recently filled and capped super frames (before now!). Moulds are common in my hives where there are not enough bees to well cover the frames, which are usually the empty outer or lower ones.
seldom see much mould in any hives over here
 

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