Kauai Braces for Varroa Onslaught

June 7, 2016

From: The Garden Island | Kauai’s newspaper since 1901

In search of ‘nice bees’

KCC receives grant for queen bee rearing

Dennis Fujimoto – The Garden Island

PUHI — When the Varroa Mite makes its appearance on Kauai, we want to be prepared, said Dr. Georgeanne Purvinis of the Kauai Community College Technology Department.

“In 2007, when the Varroa Mite appeared on Oahu, it cleaned out 65 percent of Oahu hives,” Purvinis said Wednesday, while preparing for the second round of queen bee insemination at the college’s apiary lab. “Eventually, it will get to Kauai.”

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