Submitted to: Diagnosis of Honey Bee Diseases
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: November 3, 1999
Publication Date: July 1, 2000
Apiary inspectors and beekeepers must be able to recognize bee diseases and parasites and to differentiate the serious diseases from the less important ones. The purpose of this publication is to acquaint readers with laboratory techniques used to diagnose bee diseases and to identify parasites, pests, and other abnormalities of the honey bee. We realize that different laboratory methods are used by others; where possible, those methods are described. However, emphasis is placed on the techniques used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Bee Research Laboratory. Included are directions for sending diseased brood and adult honey bees for diagnosis of bee diseases. Also included are directions for submitting, through APHIS-PPQ or State regulators, samples of suspected Africanized honey bees for identification of subspecies.