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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.]
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(Animals) any parasitic mite of the genus Varroa that causes disease in honeybees
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Those groups had an average increase in varroa mite prevalence during the four-week period.
But according to a recent study, one threat stands well above the others, a parasitic mite, Varroa destructor, which specialises in attacking honey bees.
Outre l'exposition, des communications etaient egalement au menu du programme traitant du varroa, un acarien parasite de l'abeille qui fait des ravages dans les ruchers, de l'interet de la propolis algerienne dans le domaine medical et des normes dans le miel et ses sous-produits.
The Africanized honey bee is not free from the effects of parasites such as Varroa destructor Anderson & Trueman 2000 (Mesostigmata: Varroidae).
The apiary had 24 Langstroth standard colonies of Apis mellifera naturally infested with Varroa destructor.
Among these, the Varroa mite (Varroa destructor) has been shown to have a critical effect on honeybee populations, both by its direct parasitic effects and through the transmission of pathogenic viruses such as deformed wing virus (2).
The aptly named Varroa destructor (commonly the varroa mite) is an external parasitic mite that, like a tiny tick, attaches itself to the bee's exterior and sucks its blood (bees' yellowish blood, or hemolymph, doesn't carry oxygen, a job performed by the tracheal system, and so doesn't contain the red pigment hemoglobin).
None of the busy little winged bearers of pollen and nectar will get by without inspection: The prime suspect--an eight-legged, pinhead-sized parasite called the Varroa mite--seems to be sneaking into the hives on the bees' bodies.