Urban beekeeping in New Mexico's largest city.
Greetings and happy New Year,
While cleaning out a dead top bar hive, I found a number of the following dead beetles mixed in dead bees (scale on pics below is mm).
A bit of background: I believe I lost this hive due to verroa. It was new package that was doing great and towards the end of summer came back mite results below threshold. In the fall I noticed this hive being robbed and did another alcohol wash test that came back with > 30% mite count (I stopped counting mites). I tried treating with oxalic dribble but it was too late; the yellow jackets, mites, and pressure from other hives was too much.
In the time I had this colony I inspected more than once a month till about sept, but never noticed these beetles. Additionally, I did not see comb damage that the web tells me is typical with SHB. In addition to ID confirmation, I am wondering if there is something I should do to prepare this hive for a new package come spring (if this is indeed SHB). The hive body is currently empty and outside (each bar has spent at least 3 days in a deep freezer). Anything further cleaning?
thanks for any help