Odd wax moth behavior

Discussion in 'Pests and Diseases' started by Bens-Bees, Sep 21, 2010.

  1. Bens-Bees

    Bens-Bees New Member

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    I went to go clean up the frames and boxes from the dead outs tonight, they were of course fully infested with wax moths. What I didn't understand is that I had them stacked on top of other boxes that I had forgotten contained frames that had been extracted about two months ago that I forgot to give back to the bees, and what I found odd was that the wax moths didn't touch those frames even though they were loaded with both wax and honey that still seemed good. Is it possible that wax moth larva are carnivores that specifically go for larva rather than honey or pollen?
     
  2. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    nope they eat the shucked exoskeleton from generations of bees being reared in comb. therefore wax moth are highly attracted to old black comb and there is not much for them to lunch on in newer wax, I would wonder why you description of unprotected comb with honey still present didn't attract shb in great number?
     

  3. Bens-Bees

    Bens-Bees New Member

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    Dunno... but for whatever reason I've never had any serious problems with SHB.