Healthy Honey Bee


Healthy Honeybee?


How Do You Spot A Healthy Honeybee?

Amidst the debate over various culprits for honeybee colony collapse (pesticides, pathogens, parasites, habitat loss, etc.)

So: what exactly is a healthy living system in an age of increasing vulnerability?


Complex and unexplained sicknesses reveal the tenuous nature of “healthy” states in both animals and humans. That some succumb may be an accident of location, life experience, or genetic variation. But the more central issue, and the source of some of the current uncertainty over how to characterize and address pollinator health problems, is how putatively healthy systems, be they hives or human bodies, have become increasingly vulnerable to stress, disease, and disturbance. What counts as healthy, meaning what is measurably healthy, may not be as robust as we might hope.

Chronic bee paralysis virus

Trembling of wings and body, loss of flight, loss of hair, and rejection by healthy members of the colony. 
Bees that have been infected with CBPV may house millions of viral particles, with half of them concentrated in the head region, allowing it to cause symptoms similar to diseases relating to nervous system damage. In fact, viral particles have been found to concentrate in two centers; mushroom bodies involved in sensory processing, memory, learning, and motor control as well as the center dealing with locomotive control, behavior and orientation, and arousal.