Black queen cell virus

Black queen cell virus

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  • Virus which causes mortality in queen bee larvae or pre-pupae
  • Queen bee larvae or pre-pupae die after capping. The dead larvae or pre-pupae and the queen bee cell wall turn brown-black
  • Symptoms reflect the appearance of worker bee larvae killed by Sacbrood virus
  • Black queen cell virus may be transmitted by Nosema apis
  • Present throughout Australia, but not confirmed in NT


Scientific name: Black queen cell virus (Cripavirus)
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Virus

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol