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Beekeeping: Waxmoths

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keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

December 26, 2011
8:46 AM

Post #8943142

I heard honeybee hives are often invaded by waxmoths. I am curious if in states like New York do these moths live here being winters get to freezing? Waxworms are sold as feeder insects for frogs and lizards and I know at pet stores the moths sometimes escape and fly outside and we have wild honeybee hives here.
BeeDave
Southbury, CT

January 14, 2015
2:31 PM

Post #10004203

Wax moths live in New York. They are not active in cold weather though. Supposedly they are not a problem for strong hives. They are a problem for beekeepers who store their supers in a heated building over the winter. If supers can be stored where it is cold over the winter, and then put onto a strong hive in the spring, there should not be a problem.

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kittriana
Magnolia, TX
(Zone 8b)

January 17, 2015
3:34 PM

Post #10005985

Good info even in 2011 on the original query, chuckl.
keithp2012
West Babylon, NY
(Zone 7a)

January 18, 2015
12:11 AM

Post #10006164

Thanks for answering.

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