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Varroa Mite
Varroa mites, Varroa jacobsoni, on honey bees.  Photo by J.G. Thomas.
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Varroa mites,
Varroa jacobsoni
(Parasitiformes: Varroidae),
on honey bees.
Photo by J.G. Thomas.
Common Name: Varroa mite
Scientific Name: Varroa jacobsoni
Order: Acari

Description: This mite is large enough to see with the naked eye. It appears somewhat like a brown tortoise on the back of the adults or on the brood.

Life Cycle: Honey bee colonies infested with this parasite may take 2-3 years before they develop signs of infestation.

Habitat, Food Source(s), Damage: This mite feeds on hemolymph (body fluids) on the exterior of adult and brood of honey bees.

Pest Status: They can be a severe problem with the colony becoming weakened or even destroyed by this pest.

Management: See Varroa Mites on Honey Bees.

For additional information, contact your local Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent or search for other state Extension offices.

Literature: Merchant 1995. Pettis and Wilson 1990.

From the book:
Field Guide to Texas Insects,
Drees, B.M. and John Jackman,
Copyright 1999
Gulf Publishing Company,
Houston, Texas

A Field Guide to Common Texas Insects, Bastiaan M. Drees and John A. Jackman.
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