AFB Photo Gallery

We invite all beekeepers to send in their photos of AFB and the destruction of their hives in order to help educate other beekeepers.  Please send your photos to info@afb.org.nz with a brief description of each shot.  For best results, the photos need to be in high resolution.

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AFB roping out – video courtesy of Dan Childs.

Perforated sunken cappings - photo courtesy of AQ
Perforated sunken cappings - photo courtesy of AQ
Roping out - note the consistent colour and texture. It is shiny and there are no lumps or solids - Murray Rixon
Roping out - note the consistent colour and texture. It is shiny and there are no lumps or solids - Murray Rixon
Ropiness test - photo courtesy of Neil Davidson
Ropiness test - photo courtesy of Neil Davidson
Ropiness test - photo courtesy of Neil Davidson
Ropiness test - photo courtesy of Neil Davidson
Ropiness test - photo courtesy of Neil Davidson
Ropiness test - photo courtesy of Neil Davidson
Photo shows AFB infected material roping out using ultra violet light.  Note the consistent nature of the AFB mass. It is not lumpy or watery - Murray Rixon
Photo shows AFB infected material roping out using ultra violet light. Note the consistent nature of the AFB mass. It is not lumpy or watery - Murray Rixon
Photo shows AFB infected material roping out using ultra violet light. It is at the point where the material is narrowing and is about to separate. There are no inclusions or lumps.  It is even in consistency - Murray Rixon
Photo shows AFB infected material roping out using ultra violet light. It is at the point where the material is narrowing and is about to separate. There are no inclusions or lumps. It is even in consistency - Murray Rixon
Photo shows a partially desiccated AFB infected pupae complete with the erect mouth parts cartilage (pupal tongue) - Murray Rixon
Photo shows a partially desiccated AFB infected pupae complete with the erect mouth parts cartilage (pupal tongue) - Murray Rixon
Photo is a close up showing a desiccated AFB pupae with visible mouth parts cartilage (pupal tongue) - Murray Rixon
Photo is a close up showing a desiccated AFB pupae with visible mouth parts cartilage (pupal tongue) - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates late onset of AFB. Notable is head still present c/w cartilage (tongue), body slumping, wrinkly, off colour - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates late onset of AFB. Notable is head still present c/w cartilage (tongue), body slumping, wrinkly, off colour - Murray Rixon
Burning AFB infected hives - Murray Rixon
Burning AFB infected hives - Murray Rixon
AFB Pupal Scale photo courtesy of Bob Russell
AFB Pupal Scale photo courtesy of Bob Russell
Photo illustrates the coffee coloured AFB. Note the loss of body segments - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates the coffee coloured AFB. Note the loss of body segments - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB scale. It is shiny black and found adhering to the lower cell wall. It is difficult to remove.  It will fluoresce under UV light - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB scale. It is shiny black and found adhering to the lower cell wall. It is difficult to remove. It will fluoresce under UV light - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB roping out to approx 30mm. Note the consistent colour and texture. There are no other colors,  lumps or areas that are watery. It is just prior to snapping off - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB roping out to approx 30mm. Note the consistent colour and texture. There are no other colors, lumps or areas that are watery. It is just prior to snapping off - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB being roped out. Note the consistent colour and texture. Also note how the material is thinning prior to snapping off - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB being roped out. Note the consistent colour and texture. Also note how the material is thinning prior to snapping off - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB during roping out with a match. Note how the AFB is shiny and adhering to the match. The colour is coffee like. The texture can be described as similar to caramello chocolate - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB during roping out with a match. Note how the AFB is shiny and adhering to the match. The colour is coffee like. The texture can be described as similar to caramello chocolate - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB found under a perforated cap. Note the mouthparts cartilage (pupal tongue) and the shiny appearance - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB found under a perforated cap. Note the mouthparts cartilage (pupal tongue) and the shiny appearance - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates slumped AFB including the pre pupal head parts. Note the partial cappings present - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates slumped AFB including the pre pupal head parts. Note the partial cappings present - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates a slumped AFB larvae complete with loss of body segments and consequential horizontal lines. Note that the bees had removed 90% of the cell capping but not removed the infected material - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates a slumped AFB larvae complete with loss of body segments and consequential horizontal lines. Note that the bees had removed 90% of the cell capping but not removed the infected material - Murray Rixon
Frame with AFB - photo from Jonny Long
Frame with AFB - photo from Jonny Long
Frame with AFB - photo from Jonny Long
Frame with AFB - photo from Jonny Long
This image illustrates AFB contents having been stirred slowly. It has not been aerated by whisking. It remains shiny and glossy. Afb does not contain lumps and has an even colour and texture - Murray Rixon
This image illustrates AFB contents having been stirred slowly. It has not been aerated by whisking. It remains shiny and glossy. Afb does not contain lumps and has an even colour and texture - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB scale. It is shiny black, hardened, difficult to remove. Will fluoresce under UV light - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB scale. It is shiny black, hardened, difficult to remove. Will fluoresce under UV light - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB scale. It is shiny, hard, difficult to remove and not obvious without looking carefully.  Note the pre pupal head also present and desiccated - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB scale. It is shiny, hard, difficult to remove and not obvious without looking carefully. Note the pre pupal head also present and desiccated - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates two views of AFB on a frame. On the left side is an example of late onset AFB c/w coffee colour and cartilage (pupal tongue) and to the right is a slumped AFB larvae with loss of segmentation - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates two views of AFB on a frame. On the left side is an example of late onset AFB c/w coffee colour and cartilage (pupal tongue) and to the right is a slumped AFB larvae with loss of segmentation - Murray Rixon
AFB ropiness test on newly killed AFB affected larva photo courtesy of Chris Crook
AFB ropiness test on newly killed AFB affected larva photo courtesy of Chris Crook
Making a killed AFB positive hive bee proof and preparing it for safe transport to the burning pit, photo courtesy of Chris Crook
Making a killed AFB positive hive bee proof and preparing it for safe transport to the burning pit, photo courtesy of Chris Crook
Burning of AFB infected hive in backyard, photo courtesy of Chris Crook
Burning of AFB infected hive in backyard, photo courtesy of Chris Crook
Burning AFB infected hive, photo courtesy of John Graham
Burning AFB infected hive, photo courtesy of John Graham
Frame with AFB, photo courtesy of Kintail
Frame with AFB, photo courtesy of Kintail
AFB affected larva at pupal stage, courtesy of Kintail
AFB affected larva at pupal stage, courtesy of Kintail
Photo illustrates AFB larvae as often found.  Light coffee colour or tea with milk. Note the colour often darkens as the disease progresses.  The slumped larvae is slightly domed, shiny and also note the partial capping still present - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB larvae as often found. Light coffee colour or tea with milk. Note the colour often darkens as the disease progresses. The slumped larvae is slightly domed, shiny and also note the partial capping still present - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB where we are looking at a spotty brood pattern. Note the various perforated cappings inc one cell where the AFB is visible within the cell - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB where we are looking at a spotty brood pattern. Note the various perforated cappings inc one cell where the AFB is visible within the cell - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB slumped in a cell surrounded by eggs. Note the bees have removed 90% of the cell cap but not yet removed the infected contents - Murray Rixon
Photo illustrates AFB slumped in a cell surrounded by eggs. Note the bees have removed 90% of the cell cap but not yet removed the infected contents - Murray Rixon
AFB killed larva at pupal stage AFB, courtesy of Kintail
AFB killed larva at pupal stage AFB, courtesy of Kintail
Close up AFB sign at pupal stage notice larva's skin broke while uncapping and ropiness of larva content, photo courtesy of Kintail
Close up AFB sign at pupal stage notice larva's skin broke while uncapping and ropiness of larva content, photo courtesy of Kintail
Fine Pupal Tongue & Scale
Fine Pupal Tongue & Scale
Pupal Tongue - courtesy of Paula Stapleton
Pupal Tongue - courtesy of Paula Stapleton
AFB Roping Out
AFB Roping Out
Pupal Tongue courtesy of Bob Russell
Pupal Tongue courtesy of Bob Russell
Roping Out
Roping Out
AFB Roping Out
AFB Roping Out
AFB Roping Out
AFB Roping Out
AFB infected brood cells cappings at early stages don't necessarily show very different colour from healthy capped brood
AFB infected brood cells cappings at early stages don't necessarily show very different colour from healthy capped brood
Diseased pupa with tongue
Diseased pupa with tongue
Diseased pupa with tongue
Diseased pupa with tongue
Roping out - photo courtesy of Bob Russell
Roping out - photo courtesy of Bob Russell
Scale - photo courtesy of Bob Russell
Scale - photo courtesy of Bob Russell
AFB infected larvae at pupal stage - Bob Russell
AFB infected larvae at pupal stage - Bob Russell
AFB infected larvae at pupal stage - Bob Russell
AFB infected larvae at pupal stage - Bob Russell
AFB infected larvae at pupal stage - Bob Russell
AFB infected larvae at pupal stage - Bob Russell
AFB infected larvae at pupal stage - Bob Russell
AFB infected larvae at pupal stage - Bob Russell
Pupal tongue surrounded by colourful pollen - photo by Mark Lawrence
Pupal tongue surrounded by colourful pollen - photo by Mark Lawrence
AFB Quiz
Take the AFB 5 minute quiz

How well do you know what you need to know about AFB and beekeeping? Take our short quiz and find out.

AFB Videos
Videos

Our videos cover everything from your legal obligations to how to recognise AFB, collecting cell and bee samples and more.

AFB Symptoms
Symptoms

There’s a lot of good information here, telling you everything you need to know about recognising AFB: the visual symptoms, smell of AFB and more.

AFB Inspection and Diagnosis
Inspection and Diagnosis

Successfully eliminate AFB by telling the difference between symptoms of AFB and other brood diseases in the hive. We tell you the best methods for inspecting your hives.

AFB Law
The Law

New Zealand beekeepers have a number of legal obligations that must be met regarding AFB disease. Read the shortened list in summary, here.

AFB Elimination
Elimination

Most hives become infected because bees, honey or equipment have been put into a hive from another hive that is infected with AFB. Lower your chances of an  AFB infection by reading this section.

AFB Course Info
AFB Recognition Course Info

Find out when the next AFB Recognition and Competency Courses, or Refresher Courses are available. These are held throughout the year in various New Zealand locations across the South Island and North Island.

AFB App
The AFB App

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