varroa mite

var·​roa mite | \ ˈver-ə-wə- How to pronounce varroa mite (audio) , ˈva-rə- \

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

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Recent Examples on the Web The new arrivals can also carry a parasite called the varroa mite, which has decimated bee populations worldwide. Erik Stokstad, Science | AAAS, "Deadly virus turns honey bees into Trojan horses," 28 Apr. 2020 Not from varroa mites, pesticides, colony collapse disorder, or any of the many other perils now facing honeybee populations across the world, but from hornets—each one a red-eyed giant next to the hairy little bees. National Geographic, "Photos from inside a tree reveal intimate lives of wild honeybees," 8 Feb. 2020 Dennis vanEngelsdorp, a professor of entomology at the University of Maryland and chief scientist for the Bee Informed Partnership, said that while extreme weather has worsened honeybees’ plight, the biggest threat is varroa mites. Laura Reiley, Washington Post, "This past winter saw the highest honeybee colony losses on record," 6 July 2019 As the University of Maryland shares the latest survey results, entomologists there are urging beekeepers to use three different strategies to fight the spread of varroa mites. Scott Dance, Washington Post, "University of Maryland-led survey finds honeybee losses highest in 13 years this winter," 20 June 2019 Likely reasons include the proliferation of parasitic varroa mites that can spread disease and viruses into bee colonies, the use of pesticides on crops, and even warming temperatures. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "New data show the US honeybee population is still dying in record numbers," 20 June 2019 As the University of Maryland shares the latest survey results, entomologists there are urging beekeepers to use as many as three different strategies to fight the spread of varroa mites. Scott Dance,, "Honey bee losses highest in 13 years this winter, University of Maryland-led survey finds," 19 June 2019 Oxalic acid, found naturally in plants and vegetables, can fight the varroa mites. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Why are these 250,000 bees hanging out on this sweet Downtown Boise rooftop?," 11 July 2018 Hive loss caused by the varroa mite has been the primary cause of hive loss, although pesticide applications by residents and farmers also contributes to hive loss. Megan Becka,, "Urban Honey Bee thrives thanks to Akron business partnerships," 2 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of varroa mite

1983, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for varroa mite

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

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“Varroa mite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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