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  1. #1
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    Default Has anyone ever see DWV virgin queens?

    I was wondering if anyone had ever seen Deformed Wing Virus affected virgin queens? Has anyone seen Verroa mite infestation of a capped queen cell? I have not seen any mention of this finding in my reading. I was wondering if the mites can survive in the royal jelly bath inside the queen cells.

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever see DWV virgin queens?

    I saw one varroa mite in a Q cell I opened last year.

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever see DWV virgin queens?

    If you think about it, it's a numbers game. Q-cells are highly attended as well, but with so few available at any given time I would assume rate of inhabitation by mites is fairly low naturally.

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever see DWV virgin queens?

    Royal jelly is a repellant to varroa. that's why they don't infest queen cells or tend to attach to adult queens, therefore you're not going to see typical varroa-carried viruses commonly in queens.

    If you think about it, even in worker brood, the royal jelly being fed to the youngest larvae is a clear message to any passing varroa that the brood is too young to bother entering that cell. Only when the larvae are older and not being fed royal jelly is the cell infested.

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    Default Re: Has anyone ever see DWV virgin queens?

    My pea brain says...I think it's a numbers game. The live cycle of the varroa doesn't match up to that of a queen cell.
    Last edited by bhfury; 09-27-2012 at 05:07 PM.
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    Default Re: Has anyone ever see DWV virgin queens?

    Deejaycee- Interesting idea about royal jelly being a varroa repellant.

    JD - any idea how many queen cells you have seen that did not have varroa? Just trying to get a handle on the occurence rate.

    Thanks

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