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Varroa Mite

Scientific Name
Varroa destructor
Scientific Author
Anderson & Trueman
Taxonomy
(Arachnida: Acari: Varroidae)
Risk
Unknown
Status
Uncertain Status
Reliability
High
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Dorsal male
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Caption
New Zealand, Auckland Mangere, 2 June 2000, ex Apis mellifera cobs from hive
Source
Simon Hinkley & Ken Walker Museum Victoria Museum Victoria
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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/varroa_mite.htm
More Information
Specimen Contact
Museum Victoria
Author
Walaikorn Rattanadechakul
Created
03/02/2011 10:44 AEST
Last Updated
03/02/2011 10:48 AEST
Citation
Walaikorn Rattanadechakul (2011) Varroa Mite (Varroa destructor) Updated on 2/3/2011 10:48:14 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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