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Predators of Honey Bees

Skunk feces with honey bee exoskeletons

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In addition skunks leave behind small piles of chewed-up bee parts. The skunk chews the bees until all the juices are consumed, then spits out the remains. These remains resemble cuds of chewing tobacco. Opossums and raccoons sometimes attack an apiary in a similar manner and the damage they do is similar to that of skunks. The feces of these animals also contain large amount of honey bee exoskeletons since this material cannot be digested by animals.