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).To my very inexperienced eye, this seems to be small hive beetle (SHB)? I am hoping someone can help confirm.A bit of background: I believe I lost this hive due to verroa. It was new package that was doing…See More
This is a very informative list. Thanks for taking the time to put it here for all of us new Beeks. I also agree with the a more Darwinian beekeeping approach, with minimal outside intervention. It is ja hard lesson…"
Thanks for your helpful response. When you get a chance, can you please describe what you do for IPM? I have both a Langstroth and a top bar hive. For the Langstroth, I use a screened bottom board, mostly…"
In total all three colonies were lost. My two hives were in their first season (installed from packages this past spring) and had alcohol wash mite checks in early August that came back at < 1% on both (Doug's hive also came…"
"To add a bit more to the mystery. I live just a house or two away from Doug and also have bees. One of my hives suffered the same fate as his; no bees, hive robbed out. My other hive, might be the robbers. That hive seems to…"
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