What do Varroa mites look like?

chasemjJanuary 25, 2005

I captured a hive of wild bees in Vancouver, Canada last fall. I have experience with bees in the past. However, I would appreciate it if someone could tell me if I am in trouble. I have seen a lot of small jumping insects on the OUTSIDE hive top of my hive's rescue chamber. They DID look sorta like what I would imagine ticks would look like. I like this strain of bees, they have survived a lot to live to this point in Vancouver, and they are docile, yet industrious. I have been feeding them well. Thanks to anybody willing to help me understand bee problems...

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tarheit(5b)

That doesn't sound like varroa mites at all. Lot's of other bugs, beetles and spiders will occupy the space under the top cover of a beehive and do not affect the bees in any way. For more on varroa see the following links:

http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/misc/bees/varroa_mite.htm
http://www.vita-europe.com/disease/varroa.htm

Here is a link that might be useful: Varroa

    Bookmark   January 25, 2005 at 12:21PM
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