In this photo, an adult bee with deformed wing virus (DWV) is shown emerging from her cell . This virus is one of many transmitted by varroa mites (Varroa destructor). It is not just the damage from mites feeding on the blood of developing and adult bees that we need to worry about with varroa infestations, but also the diseases that they transmit when they do. For more about varroa mites and the viruses they transmit, follow this link.
Please join us in trying to keep honey bees healthy and fight the varroa mite. In collaboration with the University of Maryland, College Park, Michigan State University and the Bee Informed Partnership, we have founded MiteCheck, a Beekeeper Citizen Science project. Help us create a zip code distribution map of late fall varroa mite levels! Future surveys will help us in numerous ways that include monitoring mite levels in different geographic areas and examining efficacy of treatments used to control varroa mites.
Varroa mites visible on adult honey bees.
Please test your colony mite levels between October 14th-October 28th and report your results HERE.