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Honeybee colony loss – a likely culprit

Posted by blueberrytalk on June 13, 2012

” A parasitic mite has helped a virus wipe out billions of honeybees throughout the globe, say scientists.

A team studying honeybees in Hawaii found that the Varroa mite helped spread a particularly nasty strain of a disease called deformed wing virus.

The mites act as tiny incubators of one deadly form of the disease, and inject it directly into the bees’ blood.

This has led to “one of the most widely-distributed and contagious insect viruses on the planet”.”

Read the entire story here:http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/18339797

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Catching Varroa mites

Posted by blueberrytalk on July 22, 2010

Varroa mites, if left unchecked, will eventually lead to the demise of a honeybee colony. This hive bottom board allows mites to fall through the screen onto a “sticky board” which slides out for inspection and cleaning. The sticky board is coated with oil so the mites can’t crawl back up to the bees. Built here at the farm this board is ready for testing!

Hive bottom board

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Honeybees fighting Varroa mites

Posted by blueberrytalk on March 15, 2010

This video provides good reason  for using a sticky board to catch mites.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSGa9DKraGA&feature=related

Hive thermostat…heater bees. Showing, once again, that the honeybee hive is  amazingly complex.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1257876/Honey-bees-success-revealed-heaters-warm-hive.html

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Varroa mites and honeybees

Posted by blueberrytalk on August 17, 2008

Mites are the bane of a beekeeper’s existence. The honeybee in the picture below is enjoying the mint flowers. On her back you can see quite a few orange brown oval shaped mites. It’s time to treat the colonies with formic acid otherwise the mites can lead to the destruction of the colony. If you can imagine bees running around with mite wounds then you can easily imagine what an invitation to disease the mites can cause. click on the picture to enlarge.

mites on bee

mites on bee

Bellow is a picture of the Varroa mite from above and bellow. Picture source is the Government of B.C.

Varroa mite

Varroa mite

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