Here are some pictures of wax moth infestation on a tiny bee colony. When the bee population becomes too low they pretty much cannot defend themselves and pests such as wax moth and small hive beetles can easily take over. This colony was only one frame large before the wax moth moved in.
The webbing from the larvae are extremely tough. We had to use a lot of muscle to pry apart these two frames.
We were surprised to still find about 30 bees on this comb with wax moth larvae and webbing all around them. Obviously these were the ones left behind because there’s no site of the queen, who probably absconded with the rest of the colony.
The hive was full of large wax moth larva. It was pretty gross!!! Too bad I don’t have chicken or else they would have had a good meal.
A frame covered in web from the larvae. If you look closely you can see them in the web tunnels crawling around. Yuck!
We destroyed all the combs in this tiny hive. Washed clean all the woodware and put into the freezer to kill anything that might be still alive. (I couldn’t find my blow torch!)