A Quiz To Test Your Knowledge On Honey Bee Diseases

Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the Diseases and Pests of the Honey Bee. Can you answer the following multiple choice questions about common diseases and pests of the Honey Bee? Complete the quiz and then see your score revealed. Better yet, stump your family and friends by asking them to take this quiz.

Match the number of the Honey Bee disease to the definitions below.

A.   Varoa Mites     D.   Tracheal Mites G.   Nocema Disease
B.   Wax Moths E.   Small Hive Beetle H.   American Foulbrood
C.   Chalkbrood F.   Stonebrood I.   Chronic Paralysis Virus
1.   A fungal disease of honey bee brood that infects the gut of the larvae. It is caused by a spore-forming fungus that is consumed along with larval food. It can affect workers, drones, or queens it most often occurs in workers and drones.
2.   These pests eat beeswax, pollen, the larvae of honey bees, and the feces left behind in brood cells. They also eat the protective capping over live larvae, which can result in deformities. They are voracious eaters and they can do some real damage to the entire hive.
3.   A parasite that lives and reproduces in the trachea of honey bees. This microscopic internal mite clogs the breathing tubes ultimately kills them.
4.   An external parasitic mite that attacks and feeds on the honey bees. It attaches to the body of the bee and weakens the bee by sucking fat bodies usually in the late autumn through early spring.
5.   This virus commonly affects adult honey bees and causes a chronic paralysis that can easily spread to other members of a colony.
6.   A microsporidian under the classification of fungus that attacks the gut of the honey bee and is one of the major threats to the honey bee population around the world. It is small as a pin head and damages the gut wall of bees so that they cannot absorb nutrients.
7.   A larval disease that is common to soil inhabitants that are also pathogenic to adult bees, other insects, mammals, and birds. The fungus grows rapidly and forms a characteristic whitish-yellow collar like ring near the head end of the infected larva.
8.   A fatal bacterial disease of honey bee brood that infects bees at the pupa stage killing the new generation of bees. Eventually the hive cannot replenish its members and the colony dies. This cannot be cured.
9.   An invasive pest of bee hives, originally from sub-Saharan Africa. These beetles inhabit almost all honey bee colonies in their native range, but they do little damage there and are rarely considered a serious hive pest.
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