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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Squirrel Discovers Bee Products

A squirrel on my deck decided to eat what was left on this deep frame, propped outside my door. He thought it was a gourmet treat.

He moved on to a hive box that I had hopefully inviting swarms at the corner of my deck and used his teeth to get to the frames in the box before I discovered what he was up to.

What a fine set of teeth he has! He left a pile of gnawed frame and comb which I discovered under the hive box when I moved it and covered it. Last year I was on the watch for bald-faced hornets and yellow-jackets. This year we can add squirrels to the list.
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4 comments:

  1. Squirrels's damage... Interesting.
    I saw first time...

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  2. I would worry it was something else like a raccoon, but I caught him in the act of chewing! He looked terrified. It probably adds to the attraction that my hives are on the deck just under his favorite tree.

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  3. So he was hitting an empty hive, eh?

    Not willing to mess with a "live hive" I'll bet!
    Steve

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  4. So far he feels quite comfortable to go under most of my hives, but he only chewed on an empty hive box (with frames in it) - I guess I should say empty of bees :-)

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