My first Varroa Mite

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  1. bamabww

    bamabww Active Member

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    Or at least the first one I've found or think I've found. I took advantage of the 70 degree temperatures to go through my 4 hives. When I pulled the top deep off, I broke open the drone brood the bees had started between the top deep and the bottom deep. Several of you last year advised me this was a good opportunity to look for Varroa Mites. I scraped off all the drone brood and took these photos:

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    I think the mite is in the last two photos. Do you see a Varroa mite?
     
  2. PerryBee

    PerryBee New Member

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    Yup, it sure looks like one to me. Not bad considering how many pupae you've got pulled out there though.
    In photo 3 if you look just above the white pupae on the bottom left in the bottom of that cell you can see one as well I believe.
     

  3. blueblood

    blueblood New Member

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    I think there is one right square on the pupae photo#4 in the center. It's hard to tell with photos sometimes though.
     
  4. pistolpete

    pistolpete New Member

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    yes, that's a mite. If you had a bad infestation, most drone larvae would have one or two. I use a sticky board under an enclosed Screened bottom board to keep track. At the start of my first year I had a natural drop of one to two mites/week. By the end of the year it was up to about 2 mites/day. I plan to treat this spring.
     
  5. Omie

    Omie Active Member

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    Looking very good! :)
     
  6. riverrat

    riverrat New Member

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    Looks like a varroa to me good pics thanks for sharing