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Issues with new swarm and brood


#1

I’m posting this for a friend.

The hive has been set up for around 3 weeks ago with a small swarm. They have been fed with a sugar and water mixture, also had a few problems with ants. Today on opening the have to check for brood and health, there appears to be some issues. I have attached a photo. My friend is new to beekeeping.

Any help would be much appreciated. In NSW, Australia.


#2

What’s the issue you are concerned about? The dark cells?

From the photo this looks like pollen/bee bread from a particularly dark pollen source.

Looks to be plenty of eggs in nearby cells.


#3

yes the dark cells. My friend is worried that they are some sort of mite.


#4

Looks like pollen/bee bread to me.

I’ve seen similar dark pollen before, trying to remember when. I have a feeling it was off scotch thistle or patterson’s curse. Others may be able to suggest a source based on what’s flowering in your area.


#5

plenty scots thistle around here. Hopefully that is all it is, we will just have to monitor a bit more regularly.


#6

Bee bread and eggs in some other cells. Looks OK to me. Let them get on with it.

Cheers
Rob.


#7

Yes I agree with @Rmcpb & @RBK. It looks good to me.