Wax Moth Destruction

The opportunistic wax moth is waiting for honeybees to have more hive than they can patrol, common this time of year. They also treasure abandoned hives, where they may spin what is perhaps paradise to them, but a horrific mess for us.

Last fall, Ursula D. wrote us to say “I do love to get the bee report from you very much, would it be possible to tell us a bit about WAX MOTH and what can be done, also what to look for?”

We’ve covered dealing with these destructive critters in previous issues. But, pictures are worth thousands of words, and we’re VERY appreciative to regular contributor Vlastic, of Oregon, for photos that illustrate the issue. Vlastic noted that the photos are “from two abandoned hives, one long empty and the other maybe had some new comb built in the spring before they gave up and left (or died, not sure). Hope my bee hives will never look like this.” (See images below.)

We hope so as well!

Vlastic also offered: “the formic acid medicine against red mites seems to work well, it would take out 10% of hive bees but those were likely already infected and just bled to death when the mite died and fell off.”

Readers, thanks for both letting us know how we may better help you help bees, and for using us to help others with your questions, answers, stories and photos.

While we love the success stories, photos and stories of things-gone-wrong are also helpful. All are welcomed. Please email them to Editor@KelleyBees.com. Thanks.

Four views of Wax Moth destruction in a hive

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