varroa mite

noun var·roa mite \ ˈver-ə-wə- , ˈva-rə- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of varroa mite

:any of a genus (Varroa) of parasitic Asian mites that suck the hemolymph of honeybees and their larvae; especially :one (V. destructor) of worldwide distribution that is a serious pest of the European honeybee

Origin and Etymology of varroa mite

borrowed from New Latin Varroa, after Marcus Terentius varro, who wrote about beekeeping in De re rustica


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