Mites bedevil Hoosier beekeepers

January 14, 2015

From: AgriNews

Erica Quinlan, Field Editor

INDIANAPOLIS — Varroa mites are a pest troubling many Hoosier beekeepers.

Honeybees are struggling to survive in many hives, and the problem has been growing for decades.

“We did not really see Colony Collapse Disorder in Indiana, but it seems like the symptoms involved in the disorder (rapid dwindling of the number of worker bees, leading to colony loss) are similar to what we often see in the fall — when the numbers of parasitic varroa mites are high and the virus levels in the bees increase,” said Greg Hunt, honeybee specialist at Purdue University.

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