Green Hive Fungus

Green as in bad, not socially responsible.

Green - inside and out.

I pulled off an empty deep I had on my hive and evaluated the frames to find a plethora of green fungus on each frame. After looking over each frame I scraped them clean of comb. Since this hive box and it’s parts are second hand, many of my frames were drawn which I thought would be useful, but much of it was old comb, apparently not useful.  However, because they’re plasic frames with plastic foundation removing the comb was easy enough. Following the inspection of all the auxiliary frames I removed the bottom-board under my screened bottom, and added a raised and screened telescoping-top. Hopefully these two changes will help with circulation, ergo less fungus. Shortly after cleaning the auxiliary deep box I examined the main brood box where I found another few frames with the fungus on them. Then I was stung (butt in the air, constant buzzing.. does that mean something in bee? Cause I’m pretty sure the gal acting funny was responsible for the jihad.. oh well.)

Seems like the best I can do is switch out old drawn frames with old scraped frames. I don’t have any new supplies to speak of. Fortunately, my colony isn’t very large, so they’re primarily focused on the three or four middle frames and I had very few bees on these outer ‘contaminated’ frames and removing them is easy.  However, there are signs of fungus on the corners of the inner inhabited frames too. I’m concerned.

I'd like to know more about this unappealing hive-guest.

Q1: Anyone know what fungus this is, so I can merge my mycological interests with my apiary interests?

I've only inspected the empty frames... I fear further infestation.

Q2: How clean do I need to get these frames before I can return the deep to the hive? (scape, rinse, rinse w/ vinegar, rinse w/ bleach, trash)

Half Cleaned - Need I wash each cell pocket too?

Q3: Is this a sign of bees ignoring the excess box/frames, or a hive-wide problem?

We all want a healthy hive.

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Berkeley Mushroom Hunt (Our Introduction to Mycology)

Today we explored the science of mycology – or fungi.

Photos from the walk

Our very first Berkeley mushroom hunt has led to a few things:

  1. A high amount of contact with poison oak with our feet,
  2. Several instances of collateral damage to the local Banana Slug population,
  3. An overwhelming ‘earthy’ smell throughout our house,
  4. The purchase of a $30 book titled, Mushrooms Demystified by David Arora in an effort to educate ourselves before our next outing.

We think, in our infancy, we were able to identify at least ONE of our collection of Berkeley mushrooms as a Russula. (The one with the red cap)

Also, because of their supposid commonality, we think we found at least one Chanterelle – but the jury is still out.  Here’s it our assortment of fungi splayed for identification..

Current List of Mycology Links:

Our Bay Area Brethren: http://www.bayareamushrooms.org/index.html

For VERY Important information regarding the DEATH CAP: http://www.bayareamushrooms.org/mushroommonth/amanita_phalloides.htmlhttp://pluto.njcc.com/~ret/amanita/species/phalloid.html

Highly Informational Site: http://www.mykoweb.com/

And More: http://www.mykoweb.com/boletes/index.html