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Diseases of Honey Bees


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* Caused by: * Viruses * Chronic paralysis virus (CPV) * Acute paralysis virus (APV) * Toxic nectar or pollen * Pollen deficiencies * Consumption of fermented stored pollen Paralysis, a minor disease of adult honey bees, is usually associated with viruses. Two different viruses, chronic bee paralysis virus (CPV) and acute bee paralysis virus (APV), have been isolated from paralytic bees. Other suspected causes of paralysis include: pollen and nectar from such plants as buttercup, rhododendron, laurel, and some species of basswood; pollen deficiencies during brood rearing in the early spring; and consumption of fermented stored pollen.