white waxy stuff on bees

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by Kristy, Apr 18, 2010.

  1. Kristy

    Kristy New Member

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    Hello,
    This is my second season; 2 hives, but lost one this winter.
    The hive that did make it through the winter lost alot of bees though. There were thousands of dead & moldy bees and maggots that I cleaned out. The Q is fine and is laying eggs. But lots of bees have a white waxy residue looking matter on there bodies and some times wings. Their wings look normal otherwise. This hive did have varoa last fall if this is any indicator.
    I have feed on but their not interested, but they do still have some honey left over.
    Anybody know what the white/waxy residue is and why they don't take the sugar water? It's been out there for 3 weeks, I tasted it today, it's not gone bad as far as my taste buds can tell.

    Big thanks!
    K
     
  2. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    white waxy residue = A dusting of pollen?... maybe?

    As far as not taking up sugar water. First off I am not certain as to where in the season you may currently be???? 1) If there is a good flow going then the bees will sometimes not take up sugar water. 2) or if the sugar water is too cold 3) It has been suggest (and observed by myself also) that nosema may limit a hives uptake of syrup.

    good luck...