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  1. #21
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    Default Re: Deformed Wing Virus question

    Funny...in the 20 years I kept bees before varroa, I never saw a DWV bee.

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  3. #22
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    Default Re: Deformed Wing Virus question

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Palmer View Post
    Funny...in the 20 years I kept bees before varroa, I never saw a DWV bee.
    Why, like I said I read it.
    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
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-07290-w

    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.

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    Default Re: Deformed Wing Virus question

    Quote Originally Posted by GregV View Post
    Nothing to be shocked about.

    .
    Random swarm catch bees have NO mites 3 months later? A zero on the alcohol doesn't mean zero in the hive, but I was expecting at least a few.

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