Sacbrood virus

Sacbrood virus

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  • A virus that affects bee larvae after consuming contaminated water, pollen or nectar
  • Symptoms include scattered dead brood with discoloured, sunken or perforated cappings
  • Infected larvae die shortly after capping and have a yellowish appearance as the larva becomes a fluid filled sac. The skin of the dead larva changes into a tough plastic-like sac
  • Present throughout Australia, but not confirmed in NT


Scientific name: Sacbrood virus (Iflavirus)
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Virus

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol