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Varroa (destructor) mite (327) Print Fact Sheet


Common Name

Varroa mite

Scientific Name

Varroa destructor; previously the mite was known as Varroa jacobsoni, but in 2000 molecular analysis discovered that there were two species (see Fact Sheet no. 326). The effect of the mite on the European honeybee is referred to as 'varroosis of honey bees'.

AUTHOR Grahame Jackson 
Information from CABI (2015) Varroosis of honey bees. Crop Protection Compendium (; and BeeAware. Plant Health Australia.; and Biosecurity manual for beekeepers. (; and Varroa mite detection in Townsville. Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Queensland Government. (; and from Varroa mite. Entomology & Nematology. UF/IFAS, University of Florida. ( Photos 2-4 Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Photo 1 Florida Division of Plant Industry, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Photo 5 Stephen Ausmus, USDA Agricultural Research Service, 

Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengthening integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.

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