varroa mite

noun
var·roa mite | \ˈver-ə-wə-, 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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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, cleveland.com, "Urban Honey Bee thrives thanks to Akron business partnerships," 2 Apr. 2018 Entomologists have known there has been an issue with bees since varroa mites spread across the world in the 1980s-90s. National Geographic, "Without Bugs, We Might All Be Dead," 6 Aug. 2017 One scientist likens the varroa mites to having a rat attached to your body, leaching life from you. National Geographic, "Without Bugs, We Might All Be Dead," 6 Aug. 2017

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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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