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A reddish-brown, oval mite (Varroa destructor) that parasitizes honeybees and can cause the death of colonies.

[New Latin Varroa, genus name, after Marcus Terentius Varro.]


(Animals) any parasitic mite of the genus Varroa that causes disease in honeybees
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Part of this success comes from better management of a principal cause of these losses -- the Varroa mite.
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Qadamani said a significant cause of the decline in the honey bee population is the Varroa Destructor mite.
Curiously, your letter does not mention important factors affecting bee health such as the varroa mite, diseases and bee habitats.
The first downturn came in the late 1980s when the parasitic varroa mite showed up in North America.
HIVE ALIVE (8pm BBC2) THERE have been various theories put forward about what''s killing the honey bees: pesticides, the varroa mite But I've never once heard anyone suggest that it might be because we're eating all their honey: the honey they've flogged their little guts out making to stop the colony from starving to death over the winter.
Australia's bees don't yet have a problem with CCD or other major threats, such as the Varroa destructor, a parasitic mite that has killed honey bees in every country except Australia.
Yearly fluctuations in the rate of losses like these only demonstrate how complicated the whole issue of honey bee health has become, with factors such as viruses and other pathogens, parasites like varroa mites, problems of nutrition from lack of diversity in pollen sources, and even sublethal effects of pesticides combining to weaken and kill bee colonies.
Despite being helped by the mild weather this winter, honeybees still face a number of threats such as the parasitic mite Varroa and honeybee viruses that are associated with it, the BBKA said.
Suspicion has ranged from the varroa mite, a parasite that has infested U.
The sector is recovering from an all-time low in 2006, when the honeybee population was almost wiped out by the ferocious Varroa Mite.
Scientists at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia's national science agency, said the microchips could help tackle so-called colony collapse disorder, a situation where bees mysteriously disappear from hives, and the encroachment of the parasitic varroa mite, Tehran Times reported.