Story: Beekeeping

Varroa bee mite

Varroa bee mite

The varroa bee mite has dealt a severe blow to beekeeping in New Zealand. It is widespread in the North Island, and by 2007 had infected some hives in the northern South Island. This worker bee has a small, dark, oval mite attached to its back. Mites can overtake and destroy a hive. Control methods using naturally occurring bacteria are being investigated.

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Allan Gillingham, 'Beekeeping - Diseases and their control', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/15776/varroa-bee-mite (accessed 3 June 2020)

Story by Allan Gillingham, published 24 Nov 2008