caught redhanded! varroa mites preferentially shack up with drone larvae, as their incubation period is slightly longer than worker bees; one varroa management technique is to destroy drone brood right after it is capped, when it is likely to contain the maximum number of mites.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
saw some varroa mites hanging out on top of a few bees today. If they get out of hand they can devastate a hive. the two circled mites (looks like a small red dot) are adult mites...they suck the bees "blood" and leave open wounds, leading to infection. many treatment options, none 100% effective. ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varroa_destructor )