On 11th March I put a tray under the mesh floor of the only hive that I have close to home and have been monitoring it regularly since then.  Yesterday, 4th April, 3 weeks and 3 days later, I found the first Varroa mite on it!

Either there are very few mites in the hive or, as a result of the winter dragging on so long, there was a prolonged brood break and there are now thousands of mites emerging from cells that were laid in during the last 3 weeks.

We shall see.


About chrissladesbeeblog

I have been keeping bees since 1978 and currently have about a dozen hives. I am a member of the BBKA where for many years I represented Dorset at the Annual Delegates' Meeting. I am the co-author (with Dave MacFawn of of S. Carolina) of "Getting the Best from Your Bees" and am working on a book of my own poems : "Bee People".
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One Response to A MITE!

  1. Emily Scott says:

    That’s pretty good going! As usual, my strongest colonies have the biggest drops. I think simply because they have more bees and more brood.

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