Going after “enemy no.1” for honey bees

October 27, 2015

From: Southwest Journal

By: Dylan Thomas

The U of M’s Bee Lab is raising awareness about varroa mites, a deadly pest for honey bees

DOWNTOWN WEST — The University of Minnesota’s Bee Squad aims to raise awareness this fall about a tiny parasite that is one of the biggest threats to Minnesota honey bee colonies.

Varroa mites are “enemy no. 1” for honey bees, said Bee Squad Associate Program Director Becky Masterman, who on Monday used the two beehives atop Minneapolis City Hall to demonstrate a fast and easy way to test for an infestation. Both beehives showed signs of a “heavy infestation” that could spread to nearby hives, Masterman said.

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