Wingless Queen

Mummzie

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I found this today, from a graft on 23 Feb.
Are there any possible other causes than DWV?

How is Deformed Wing Virus transmitted?
Does it come via the egg / the sperm / or the feeding

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Yes very sad, sometimes we do get these beautiful queens emerge from the cell but no wings, and sadly they will never mate.

It can be caused by mishandling of the queen cell, ie, if the larva is jiggled around when the wings are still being formed they can be damaged. But it is nearly always caused by DWV.

DWV can be transmitted by all the ways you say, but primarily by varroa mites. It is said that varroa mites do not go into queen cells but I know that isn't true because on several occasions when examining unused queen cells I have found varroa in the cell with the queen larva.
 

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