Adult honey bees (Apis mellifera) with deformed wings discovered in confirmed varroa-free colonies

publication date: Feb 1, 2012
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Journal of Apicultural Research
Vol. 51 (1) pp. 136 - 138
DOI
10.3896/IBRA.1.51.1.17
Date
February 2012
Article Title

Adult honey bees (Apis mellifera) with deformed wings discovered in confirmed varroa-free colonies

Author(s)

Eva Forsgren, Ingemar Fries and Joachim R. de Miranda

Abstract

Notes and Comments

Wing deformities in infested colonies are probably due to excessive DWV titers at a critical stage during pupal development, a state most commonly established by parasitism by V. destructor mites transmitting considerable amounts of viable (replicating) DWV. Nevertheless, there have been rare reports of adult wing deformities prior to the establishment of V. destructor in A. mellifera populations including cases in Britain and South Africa associated with colony mortality and the presence of DWV.

 

Keywords

Apis mellifera, deformed wing virus, Varroa destructor

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