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Varroa Mite

Scientific Name
Varroa destructor
Scientific Author
Anderson & Trueman
Taxonomy
(Arachnida: Acari: Varroidae)
Status
Exotic species - absent from Australia
Reliability
High
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Diagnostic Notes

Adult female mites are brown to dark brown, shaped like a crab.

Body measurements can be used to distinguish V. jacobsoni and V. destructor.

                        Body Length       Body width

V. jacobsoni       1.06mm            1.50mm

V. destructor       1.16mm            1.70mm

Source:

Zhi-Qiang Zhang (2000) see references and weblinks

Their curved bodies fit into abdominal folds of the adult bee and are held there by the shape and arrangement of ventral setae. This protects them from the bee's normal cleaning habits. Adult males are yellowish with lightly tanned legs and spherical body shape. The male chelicerae are modified for transferring sperm. The protonymph and deutonymph stages were described by Delfinado-Baker (1984).

Source: M.T. Sanford, University of Florida; H.A. Denmark, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS), Division of Plant Industry; H.L. Cromroy, University of Florida; and L. Cutts, FDACS, Division of Plant Industry.

 http://creatures.ifas.ufl.edu/misc/bees/varroamite.htm


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