CATCH THE BUZZ – When Varroa Mites Hitch a Ride

Author: Kathy Keatley Garvey

When Varroa Mites Hitch a Ride - BUZZ

Varroa mite on a honey bee (drone) pupa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Those blood-sucking varroa mites (Varroa destructor) are considered the No. 1 enemy of beekeepers. In powerful numbers and weakened colonies, they can overwhelm and collapse a hive.

We remember seeing a varroa mite attached to a foraging honey bee one warm summer day in our pollinator garden. The mite was feeding off the bee and the bee was feeding on the nectar of a lavender blossom.

Didn’t seem fair.

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