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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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Host Type

  • Mango

Description

Varroa destructor is an external parasitic mite that attacks honey bees Apis cerana and Apis mellifera, the bumblebee Bombus pennsylvanicus, the scarab beetle Palpada vinetorum and the flower fly Phanaeus vindex.

The Varroa destructor mite is one of the most serious pests known for European and Europeanized honey bees Apis mellifera. The original host, Apis cerana, supports populations of mites without collapsing and Apis mellifera scutellata in South America (the Africanized honey bee) seems to have some resistance or tolerance to the mite, whereas this resistance is not found in the same bee race in Africa where the mite was recently introduced.


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