- Jan 17, 2017
- Reaction score
- UA, Vinnytsia region
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- Number of Hives
Interesting question. I have to google what is CBPV. It doesn't look like that. Wiki describes three types:Pesticides or CBPV ?
A Type I infected bee presents with a bloated abdomen due to a fluid-filled honey sac and weak or trembling wings. Type I infected honey bees tend to crawl on the ground or cluster near the entrance of the hive, as their weakened wings lead to an inability to fly.
A Type II infected honey bee presents with complete abdominal hair loss, causing it to appear black and greasy. These bees are still able to fly 2–3 days after symptoms begin to appear, but they lose their ability to fly shortly before succumbing to the disease.
A third type of infection that is a major contributor to the spread of the virus is an infection of CBPV in which the infected bee exhibits no symptoms of the illness. The infected bee does not present with any of the classic symptoms of the disease before death, and, as a result, is able to transmit the virus beyond its own hive.
Wish it would be the virus, it's a natural thing. I visited the apiary in July 13, no signs of the diseas, then in July 16 found handfuls of workers under the all hives and in the grass around. Today I didn't see new deads. The smell of decomposting is mixed with the aroma of the nectar. The bees are more active now. Inspected a few strongest colonies with three supers, two of the colonies dwindled obviously and can't work in the upper box. I removed those supers and give them to colonies with two supers. They look better. The strongest colonies lost more bees. I estimate it could be 20% of workers if the hive consists of 5 boxes (in my hives all boxes are equal). There are no dead drones so I assume the nectar is not poisonous. New generations are replacing the loss so I hope the colonies are recovering.
Sorry, can't add the photo, something wrong with my camera.
In my opinion farmers sprayed chemicals across the bee traffic. There are corn and soy and a lot of blooming sunflower around. In July 16, 2020 I saw a helicopter sprayed chemicals nearby. According to the rules even the less toxic pesticides can be used after the sunset.