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Friday, June 30, 2006

Bees and the Small Hive Beetle

I was sad to find that I had a number of small hive beetles that I saw in both hives. I killed 12 in Bermuda and 4 in Destin. This is the first time I have seen them and been able to kill them and this is the largest number of beetles I have seen.

More experienced beekeepers have told me that the bees in a strong hive will keep the SHB under control. Here is an example of it.

The small hive beetle tried to hide under burr comb (picture 2) and in the next picture you can see the bees going after him.

I saw a number of small hive beetles being attacked but the bees were on top of them so fast that I couldn't get a picture.

For now, I'm going to trust that my girls can protect themselves from this invader.
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