Saturday, June 6, 2015

SHB: Small Hive Beetle

Small Hive Beetle: A recently imported pest whose larvae will destroy comb and ferment honey.

This is the 3rd time I saw a small hive beetle 'SHB' in my hive - once on a frame and twice on the removable tray / screened bottom board. Because I haven't made my removable bottom tray sticky, I'm not actually sure if this is the same one I keep seeing over and over. From watching a video from University of Florida Honey Bee research and extension laboratory these can be completely devastating. Something to keep an eye out for. I will be making my tray sticky to catch them - I'm hoping it's an isolated incident.

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