Friday, February 11, 2011

Video: Life Cycle of the Honey Bee AND Varroa Mite

There's a saying: Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

There's another saying: Know thine enemy.

All that said, here's an excellent scientific video that shows step by step the life cycle of the bee larvae and the mite.

What was most surprising was seeing the fecal matter that the mites leave all over the inside of the cell.

The proto-nymph stage was the most interesting - that's when the mites are soft shelled and most vulnerable to hive treatments.

This video is a must watch for beekeepers. You can view it on Google at:
http://video.google.ca/videoplay?docid=-7304562435786960616&q=varroa#
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