I have heard from a material number of local beekeepers about the preponderance of wax moths this year decimating their colonies. And I guess that makes sense...the winter was mild and beneficial for our bees so why would it not be so for the other bugs that threaten our colonies?
Awful and evil creatures...
At our hive visit to Arcadia Farm we tried to take a bit more honey, and replenish the bees of a colony that died earlier this year. We found one hive that had been obliterated by wax moths, but successfully did the walk away split on the dead colony. We will visit again in three weeks to see how (and if) the new queen emerged and began laying.
Here is the video: