Is this a MITE?

Discussion in 'Pests and Diseases' started by markles, May 7, 2012.

  1. markles

    markles New Member

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    Hello everyone

    I don't know if this is one of my bees (chances are good that it is) - is that a mite on its left hand side just below it's wing??. Out of interest I'd be gatefull if someone could confirm either way.

    Thanks

    Mark


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  2. RE Jones

    RE Jones New Member

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    It definitely looks like one to me. That is the location that I found mites on some drones. I have been told that they will also attach themselves to the bottom of the bees, do not know how true this is.
    Robert
     

  3. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    I am not seeing what you are referencing.
     
  4. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Not clear enough to make a positive observation for me. Looks a bit small to be an adult mite which is what I might expect to see on a forager. Could be something else, hard to see or say.
     
  5. Joseph Clemens

    Joseph Clemens New Member

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    Probably a Varroa mite, but difficult to see any detail, even after enlarging the image and cropping to the specific area.

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  6. markles

    markles New Member

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    OK thanks. I'll make a point to look for it when I'm in any of my hives in future.

    Regards

    Mark
     
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  8. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Guyross2:

    Good picture, :thumbsup: this is roughly the size of what I would expect to see on a foraging bee. (not to say the other picture isn't perhaps a young mite if it is at all)
     
  9. riverbee

    riverbee Active Member

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    guyross2,
    that's a mite on your girlie......

    whoops, hope it's not your girlie!