Holes in cell cappings
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Even though initially there may be no visible change in the colour of the capping of an infected cell, worker bees can still identify a problem within, and will chew holes in the capping before removing the contents of the cell (Fig. 10).
The holes can usually be distinguished from holes in the unfinished capping of healthy cells (Fig.11). The holes in infected cell cappings have a more irregular appearance.
Holes will also be created in healthy cells when the young adult worker bees chew apart the cappings to release themselves from cells. These holes will also appear irregular in appearance (Fig. 12), but can be easily distinguished from infected cells since a live adult bee will be found underneath the capping.
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