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Beekeeping Glossary

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Thorax

The central region of an insect to which the wings and legs are attached.

Top Bar

The top part of a frame.

Top Cover

This is usually a wooden cover that fits on the top of the hive and telescopes down around the inner cover and an inch or so down over the top super and is called a telescoping cover. Many commercial beekeepers use what is called a migratory cover, which is a solid cover that does not extend beyond the sides of a hive body.

Tracheal Mite

The microscopic internal mite clogs the breathing tubes of adult bees, blocking oxygen flow and eventually killing them. Also called acarine disease, it affects the flight efficiency and causes a large number of crawling bees outside the hive that are unable to fly. The inability to fly can contribute to losses of field bees and reduction of food stores in the colony. Another symptom is the abnormal "disjointed" position of the wings of walking bees.

Travel Stains

The darkened appearance on the surface of honeycomb caused by bees walking over its surface.