I’m a very new beekeeper, I collected my nuc the day after ordering our full Flow hive on the Indegogo website in February. It was delivered to me in Adelaide, South Australia on 6th October. We waited it seemed for sooo log for it to arrive and sadly, the bees swarmed the day before, leaving me with a very small colony.
So after building the hive and showing it off a bit, I moved the 5 frames of the nuc into the new brood box with 3 new frames. One of the frames had a fat grub on the wood, which I suspected was a wax moth grub. I fed that to the chooks. A cluster of about 10 cells looked a bit mangy, but otherwise the frames seemed healthy. I found the queen which was a buzz! About a week later, I found a very small grub dropped onto the white board at the bottom of the hive. When I inspected today, there was no sign of wax moth or grubs.
- what are the chalky looking lumps that drop to the bottom of my hive?
- Is this a wax moth issue or any other vermin?
- Should I be doing anything else to keep on top of the wax moth?
- How often should I check my brood box for moths/grubs?
- I have put my flow frames on top, but the bees aren’t getting there yet, is this a problem?