Re: Has anyone ever see DWV virgin queens?
I have had virgins hatch in my incubator that have DWV or at least what looks exactly like it, although the queens looked totally healthy other than the wings. Wish I'd taken a pic. Now I only use cell raisers with a pretty low mite population, just in case.
I realised also that this could have been happening in my operation totally unnoticed. I'll put cells in the nucs then they don't get looked at again for 3 weeks. If any virgins had DWV they would be long gone, I would just think it failed to mate.
44 years, been commercial, outfits up to 4000 hives, now 120 hives and 200 nucs as a hobby, selling bees. T (mostly).