Wax Moths and Larvae

A few days ago we removed the telescoping cover of the Mountain View Hive during the heat wave and my dad noticed a few larvae crawling around on the side of the inner cover. That was a bad sign as there could be a wax moth infestation inside. But only weak or weakened hives aren’t able to protect themselves against wax moths. A healthy well populated hive has no problems defending themselves of any attempt to ruin their home by these wax destroying pests.

So today the weather cooled to mid-70’s and we got into our bee suit for a full inspection. We removed the inner cover to discover no signs of wax moths but remember we still have the sprinkler control valve cover in this top medium. I looked through all the cracks and gaps I could but found nothing.

We lifted the top medium off which was filled with brood, eggs, larvae, tons of bees, and honey. My dad said it was heavy as he was the one who lifted the hive box off for us to inspect the bottom. Again we found no signs of wax moths or its larvae on the bottom hive body. We were very happy that the wax moth only laid on the interior of the telescoping cover and didn’t make it inside the hive itself.

Here’s a worm’s eye view of the combs built on the sprinkler control valve cover. It’s going to be a mess to cut these out in the Spring but hey, at least it’ll be the size of a medium frame but just a tad taller. Should be simple but just time consuming as we will want to save all the combs during this transfer.

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