Observations on the initiation and stimulation of oviposition of theVarroa mite

@article{Beetsma2005ObservationsOT,
  title={Observations on the initiation and stimulation of oviposition of theVarroa mite},
  author={Dr. Joop Beetsma and Kees Zonneveld},
  journal={Experimental & Applied Acarology},
  year={2005},
  volume={16},
  pages={303-312}
}
FemaleVarroa mites were collected from adult bees and were classified as swollen or not swollen. After introduction of these mites into recently sealed worker brood cells the average number of offspring of reproducing swollen mites was similar to that of naturally invaded mites, but the non-swollen mites produced a significantly lower number of offspring. This suggests that the oviposition of adult mites is stimulated by a preceding stay on adult bees. When (non-swollen) mites collected from… CONTINUE READING