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Insect ID Clinic


Honey Bee Diagnostic Services

Black Queen-Cell Virus

Causative Agent: Virus

Range: North America, Great Britain & Australia

Life cycle:

  • Virus primarily attacks developing queens and in rare instances will affect developing workers
  • Infected pupae die, darken, and the walls of the cell develop black patches.


  • Uncommon, currently sanitation is the only way to regulate this virus.


Other Useful Sites:

References used:

Root, A. I. (1990) The ABC & XYZ of bee culture 40 th ed. A.I Root Co. Medina, OH.

Morse, R.A. & R. Nowogrodzki (eds). 1990. Honey bee pests, predators and diseases . Cornell University Press Ithaca , NY .



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April 3, 2008