Is this varroa?

Discussion in 'General Beekeeping' started by Buzzen, Jun 28, 2011.

  1. Buzzen

    Buzzen Member

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    Was looking at some pics I took of my second hive and found what looks like varroa to me. Am I right?

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  2. PerryBee

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    Not too clear, but to me it does not appear to be varroa. Rather, it looks like the area where the bees wings are attached.
     

  3. sqkcrk

    sqkcrk New Member

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    No, not varroa. Wing hinge.
     
  4. Buzzen

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    Thanks guys. I feel better. I know I will have to deal with them eventually, but was hoping it would be next year. (or never)
     
  5. sqkcrk

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    Just because that wasn't them doesn't mean they aren't there. Someday you might want to do some sort of sampling of bees to see if any show up. Seeing them on bees on comb is often just luck. And doesn't tell you much.

    Then again, ignorance is bliss. Bliss is good, sometimes.
     
  6. bamabww

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    Thanks for that close up photo and then for the info provided by the veterans. This site is a goldmine for us new beekeepers.
     
  7. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Definitely not varroa--they are relatively larger, darker, sort of oval shaped and flat. Usually (but definitely not always) you'll find them on the underside of the bees.
     
  8. sqkcrk

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    On bees, I usually see them on the thorax. I don't usually see the underside of bees, but efmesch is probably correct. Because, I believe that the underside of the abdomen is where it is easiest for varroa to feed.
     
  9. milapostol

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    Do you have one of those boards you can pull out and look for fallen varroa? Our hives are not varroa free, but the bees haven't been so susceptible to them. They are not overrun for which I am glad.