Colour of Brood
Larvae infected with AFB are only ever found stretched out along the lower wall of the cell (prepupal stage). Infected larvae are never found in the c-shape of younger larvae, since the disease-causing bacteria do not penetrate the gut wall until just before the larvae pupate.
Prepupae infected with AFB are always found in the characteristic prepupal position, stretched out along the lower wall of the cell, with the head closest to the cell entrance (Fig. 20).
Diseased prepupae and pupae are always stretched along the lower wall of its cell.
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Our videos cover everything from your legal obligations to how to recognise AFB, collecting cell and bee samples and more.
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.
New Zealand beekeepers have a number of legal obligations that must be met regarding AFB disease. Read the shortened list in summary, here.
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.
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