Varroa: A Threat to Native and Managed Bees

June 30, 2017

From: Vermont Public Radio


Then, there’s the varroa mite. Creighton said this parasite is the number one killer of bees in Connecticut. It feeds on bees, can cripple their newborns, and spreads disease, which honey bees can pass on to other pollinators at shared flowers.

“They impact our native bees,” Creighton said. “And we want to keep all our bees healthy — not just our Apis mellifera.”
Varroa mites on pupae.
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