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CliffDale 

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I took this out of my brood box today.

The wax is furry like a fungus. Some of the comb looks like it has blue mould growing on it.

I'm not sure what it is and how do you fix it?

Thanks

Cliff



 

wightbees 

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looks like mouldy comb mouldy pollen and or pollen mite...
from a picture in my book.fungus bettsia alvei
just a guess though :)

edit,, it says also that it's a colony that cannot control the hive internal enviroment,,,small colony maybe?????
 

MuswellMetro 

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is the brood a national or larger 14x12
is it on a solid or OMF floor
are the feed,porter escape holes covered
assume wooden hive, so it there signs of water penetration
how old in the colony ,isit a first year nuc, if so when did yu put it in the hive
 

CliffDale 

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It is a national hive and on omf floor.

It was a 5 frame Nuc last May and transferred to a national hive.

Foundation has been in the Nat hive since May.

Everything was OK 3 weeks ago. Just returned from holiday to find this.

About 4 frames are like this.
 

Grub 

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Have you enough bees to cover all the frames ? , have they swarmed without you knowing 3 weeks , who knows. I have had one or two coming out of winter that looked like yours and they were on the outsde of the brood , is your hive in a sunny spot or shade

Grub
 

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Have you enough bees to cover all the frames ? , have they swarmed without you knowing 3 weeks , who knows. I have had one or two coming out of winter that looked like yours and they were on the outsde of the brood , is your hive in a sunny spot or shade

Grub

thinking the same looks like two few bees to maintain the comb
 

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