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Good picture of deformed wing virus.   It is called DWV, a virus, but I often wonder if it has been mis-named.  Could it possibly be simply the effect of varroa chewing on the ultra sensitive larvae/pupae wing nublets during development?

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GENERAL BEEKEEPING - MAIN POSTING FORUM. / Re: Combining questions
« Last post by TheHoneyPump on Today at 03:20:41 am »
I will have a go at your questions.

1.  The virgin will seek and kill the other queen

2.  Not likely.  Laying queens are interested in laying.  If the queen cell(s) are open and short, the laying queen will eat the larvae and some of the jelly.  If the cell(s) are extended or capped, the laying queen cannot and will not destroy them.

3.  No. Cells will not interfere with combining the bees.  However, as 1 and 2 above the cells will definitely adversely affect the laying queen in due course and time.

4.  No.  In my experience, generally, the colony does not kill a laying queen if she is introduced properly.  The emerging virgin(s) from missed cells do the killing.

Hope that helps!



I?m in the process of combining two weak colonies, both from swarms.  One has a laying queen.  The other has several supercedure cells - pretty poor quality. They are now separated by a double screen board.

My questions:
1. If a virgin queen is present (in the colony with supecedure cells) when the screen is removed and they are combined, what events will transpire?
2. If a cell or cells are still present, will the laying queen destroy them? (That?s my guess.)
3. Will these cells interfere in any way with the entire combination process?

A related question:
If I introduced a mated queen to that colony with queen cells, would the colony reject/kill the introduced queen?
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Great pictures as always, Van. Very interesting.
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THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: You gotta have a laugh......
« Last post by iddee on May 28, 2020, 10:46:16 pm »
From what I read, Corona quit producing the beer because there was not enough being sold in Mexico to keep production going. Since the US is likely 38% or more Latino, maybe that's who the report was counting.   :wink: :cheesy:

Good to see you back.
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Hi Folks,

It's long and tedious:



Sal
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Mr Van, I have never heard of how the nurse bees know which brood is infected. I would take a wild guess as smell.
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Thank you for posting this, Van; It's fascinating to learn this and better understand traits that you look for when breeding queens to enhance genetic traits in future generations of bees.  Upon seeing your picture originally I thought it was a descendant go that golden queen you posted recently.

How is it that the nurse bees are able to detect DWV in a capped pupae before it hatches?

That is the question we would all like to know: how the nurse bee knows??  Scent is suspected via a peep hole?
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THE COFFEE HOUSE ((( SOCIAL - ROOM ))) / Re: You gotta have a laugh......
« Last post by Ben Framed on May 28, 2020, 08:42:51 pm »
I love it. Got any more?
Not at the moment, but for you, I will work on it. :cheesy:
I know it's an old one, but.....38% of americans now won't buy or drink Corona beer because of the Coronavirus
Once you've grasped that, it makes trump's presidency less of an enigma. :cheesy:

Cider I would not doubt it!!   Seems many of my fellow Americans will readily swallow the red (bull) of -who- instead! Under the influence of Anthony S Fauci which is reported to be on the board of -who- !!  :shocked: :wink

Which does make President Trump seem more of an enigma it would seem. ???



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Thank you for posting this, Van; It's fascinating to learn this and better understand traits that you look for when breeding queens to enhance genetic traits in future generations of bees.  Upon seeing your picture originally I thought it was a descendant go that golden queen you posted recently.

How is it that the nurse bees are able to detect DWV in a capped pupae before it hatches?
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The bee is yellow and fuzzy without dark striping because the bee was removed early and not allowed to hatch which would have occurred in about another 24 hrs.  This pupae was extremely soft bodied, so delicate at prehatch stage.  The pupae is alive but hardly moves, legs to soft to support weight.
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