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Queen Bee

Observed: 3rd June 2012 By: littlecleaveslittlecleaves’s reputation in Invertebrateslittlecleaves’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Queen removed from aggressive colony.Kept on Oilseed Rape brace honeycomb with emergent Drones but no worker nurse bees.

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Species with which Honey Bee (Queen) (Apis mellifera) interacts

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Thistle's picture

Fellow traveller

Looks like a varroa mite (Varroa destructor) on the thorax just behind the left eye. I hope you don't have many in the hive.

Ian

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Varroa destructor

Hi Ian
Yes, you've spotted it. The finding of Varroa on a queen is probably artifactual since she would normally be groomed constantly in the colony. We didn't spot the mite until we printed a large photo for a show. Yes I am monitoring the colonies for Varroa. My colonies are very weak this spring and will take some coaxing to bring in a harvest. I will probably unite four colonies into 2.

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Thanks.

Perhaps I'm too used to seeing Varroa in my one hive. That said it seems to have wintered well and be bees are active on the warmer days recently.

Fingers crossed for some honey this year!

Ian