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Fat Bodies consumed by Varroa mites

posted Jan 16, 2019, 7:32 AM by Helen Mooney   [ updated Jan 16, 2019, 7:38 AM ]
New research published on January 8th 2019 suggests that Varroa mites consume fat body tissue in adult bees. 

Parasitisation of the western honey bee by this mite is a huge area of research and it helps the drug companies to select the most effective treatment.  We like to adopt an integrated pest management approach in our beekeeping whereby we only use licenced chemicals as and when they are required, and in accordance with the manufacturer's  guidelines.  We cover all of this during our training course (Feb 23rd & 24th, Teagasc, Ballina).  In the meantime, enjoy treading the many headlines that this research has duly generated.

The photograph shows what happens when an inncocent bee flies onto an inspection board after a treatment by MAQS, which caused hundreds of near dead mites to drop.  Note, it did not kill the mites.  They are extremely resilient creatures!

image © Helen Mooney 2017