Let it be var.destructor or var. jacobsoni or one or two of half a dozen of associated viruses - it does not matter! This parasite is easy to diagnose and easily kept under control!
Causes winter mortality of 30-50 % of colonies
The forgotten bee disease
No treatment available
Endemic in Ireland!
One of these creatures was found to be still alive and well when the tracheae of a dissected bee where opened for a closer examination. The bee was one of a sample of 25 bees which where kept in a deep freezer for three hours at 18 degrees below zero.
cold eye on a ‘forgotten’