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Honey and combs eaten together

  • 06 Oct 2019 9:34 AM
    Reply # 7919811 on 7918772

    Thank you all for your input. I can tell that honey and combs were gone together because only one frame showed this on prior observation and a couple of weeks later three frames have the same. Also  Drawing is gradually tapering down if bees don't draw nearby area but in this case honey filled combs end abruptly creating cliff like appearance. So I thought they were eaten. Thanks again.

  • 06 Oct 2019 7:26 AM
    Reply # 7919774 on 7918772

    Looks like the comb was never drawn out. Plastic foundation may not have sufficient wax coating for them to start drawing. Also, bees may have removed the wax coating for use elsewhere if sufficient nectar was not coming in.

  • 06 Oct 2019 7:19 AM
    Reply # 7919773 on 7918772
    Linda Tillman (Administrator)

    I agree with Harvest. The bees never drew comb on the bare plastic part. I don’t use foundation and without it you can clearly see where the bees often don’t fill a full frame with wax. If there isn’t a nectar flow, they can’t draw wax. So without the resources, they just stop drawing wax. 

  • 06 Oct 2019 6:10 AM
    Reply # 7919603 on 7918772
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Are you sure it was eaten?  To me it just looks like they never drew out the comb in the first place. 

    However, I have left frames out for them to "clean up" in the past and they have eaten/taken the wax as well, so I suppose it's possible that they did that within their own hive.

  • 05 Oct 2019 1:49 AM
    Message # 7918772

    As seen in attached pictures I noticed that honey and combs were eaten up rather cleanly together showing clear cut border in part of a few frames. Did bees of the hive eat this way or something else happened ?

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