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« on: July 21, 2009, 07:23:47 PM »

This afternoon I found two bees with what appeared to be shredded wings or just wing stubs.  I had seen this before and I thought that this was just a older forager that was about at the end of it's life  ..... or perhaps a bee that had defended the hive.

These bees did not have a "K" shaped set of wings, which I understand indicates a disease. There is no apparent deformity. The wings are shredded or torn/ripped.

Am I correct in assuming that this is just normal "wear and tear" on an older bee?

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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2009, 08:21:30 PM »

If they look like these than it is DWV (deformed wing virus), usually bought on by the stress of a heavy mite population.

Though this year I have noticed a few hives that have a few that do not have heavy mite loads, so possibly the lousy cold/wet weather is stressing them huh



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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2009, 08:22:05 PM »

On my bees when I see wings that look "wilted" or stubs, I assume the bees have deformed wing virus, one of the viruses vectored by the Varroa mite.  Time for a powdered sugar shake!

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« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2009, 10:22:56 AM »

Thanks for the information. I'll start with the powered sugar this week-end.  Appreciate the help.
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