Re: Deformed Wing Virus question
Why, like I said I read it.
Originally Posted by Michael Palmer
Not my findings, by any means.
10 second google:
Although DWV was only discovered following the spread of V. destructor, it is thought to exist naturally at low prevalence in all honeybee populations
And again, viruses mutate - meaning the virulence changes (up or down).
Not seeing DWV bee says nothing of the virus existence.
The same as not having flu symptoms says nothing of the virus existence.
But one thing for sure, for the mites to transmit a virus bee-to-a-bee - the MUST exist that very first ALREADY infected bee (before the mites started passing it along).
Mite itself is not a host for the virus.
It is a vector.
Dwell on that one for a minute.
Former "smoker boy". Classic, square 12 frame Dadants >> Long hive/Short frame/chemical-free experimentations.