Diagnostic tools for honey bee diseases

Take this quiz to see how much you really know about diseases of the honey bee. Brush up on your diagnostic skills with these visual signs of honey bee diseases

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Diagnostic tools for honey bee diseases

What's the Deal with this Hive? Take this quiz!

The Michigan State University, the University of Minnesota, the University of Florida, and Texas A&M University have put together an interactive quiz to test your visual skills on honey bee diseases. Take the quiz and then scroll down for more photos and descriptions of honey bee diseases and corresponding testing you can do to diagnose your bees. Check it out here:


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