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How Are the Bees Doing? ABF Conference in Reno

A varroa mite (see reddish-brown spot under the wing) clings to a bee foraging on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

How are the bees doing? When the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) meets Jan. 9-13 at the Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nev. for its 75th annual American Beekeeping Federation Conference & Tradeshow, the key concern is bee health. Sadly, colony...

When Varroa Mites Hitch a Ride

A varroa mite attached to a honey bee forager. It's the reddish brown spot near the wing. The bee is foraging on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Those blood-sucking varroa mites (Varroa destructor) are considered the No. 1 enemy of beekeepers. In powerful numbers and weakened colonies, they can overwhelm and collapse a hive. We remember seeing a varroa mite attached to a foraging honey bee one...

Posted on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 4:40 PM

Smell Like a Bee

Questions about the Varroa mite (Varroa destructor), enemies of honey bees, are often asked at the Linnaean Games. This varroa is on a drone pupa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)Mite on drone pupa. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Newly published research by a Michigan State University-led team indicates that one of the reasons why the varroa mite is so destructive is because it infiltrates hives by smelling like a bee. The parasitic mite, or Varroa destructor, is...

Posted on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 6:02 PM

Targeting the Varroa Mite

Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen (second from left) talks to a UC Davis class in the apiary of the Harry H. Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. Third from left is forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey, one of the two class instructors.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Beekeepers know the varroa mite as "Public Enemy No. 1." And it's an enemy to be reckoned with, Extension apiculturist Eric Mussen told students in the UC Davis "Biology of Parasitism" class, taught by forensic entomologist Robert Kimsey and...

Posted on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at 5:18 PM

The Lavender Blossom Special

Honey bee in flight, heading toward a lavender blossom. Note the varroa mite on her head.(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

If you want to take photos of honey bees in flight, do so early in the morning. They don't move as fast and the lighting is to die for.This morning we stepped out in our yard, steaming coffee in hand, and watched the honey bees foraging among the...

Posted on Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM
Tags: honey bees (3), lavender (1), varroa mite (13)

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