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rayb
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« on: September 10, 2007, 10:05:28 AM »

Last year we had a lot of bees with deformed wings with many of them just walking away from the hive. This year we have been doing powdered sugar treatments every 7-10 days for the last month and our natural mite drop is around 10 mites/day. We see "some" bees with deformed wings, maybe one or two here and there.

My question is: If we see some deformed wings but seem to have reasonably low mite drops, is there a problem? Can you have DWV with low mite counts? Are a few deformed wings "acceptable or normal" ?

Thanks, Ray
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« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2007, 09:40:05 PM »

>Are a few deformed wings "acceptable or normal" ?

IMO yes.  A few are acceptable.  But you also have to differentiate deformed wings from frayed wings.  Young fuzzy bees with crumpled wings from old shiny bees with frayed wings.
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2007, 05:55:26 AM »

Thank you Michael, I'll take a closer look. I believe they are new bees.

Ray
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« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2007, 05:56:15 PM »

I have DWV. I have observed that bees with DWV symptom, young bees, can´t sting, while the old bees with frayed wings show the sting. Not sure if I´m right.

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« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2007, 09:29:16 PM »

Young bees usually can't sting and DVW bees usually don't live long.  I don't know if it's an absolute rule but it's a reasonable assumption.
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