Data from: Covert deformed wing virus infections have long-term deleterious effects on honeybee foraging and survival

Kristof Benaets, Anneleen Van Geystelen, Dries Cardoen, Lina De Smet, Dirk C. De Graaf, Liliane Schoofs, Maarten H.D. Larmuseau, Laura E. Brettell, Stephen J. Martin, Tom Wenseleers & Maarten H. D. Larmuseau
Several studies have suggested that covert stressors can contribute to bee colony declines. Here we provide a novel case study and show using radiofrequency identification tracking technology that covert deformed wing virus (DWV) infections in adult honeybee workers seriously impact long-term foraging and survival under natural foraging conditions. In particular, our experiments show that adult workers injected with low doses of DWV experienced increased mortality rates, that DWV caused workers to start foraging at a...
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