Guest Editorial: The tracheal mite enigma

publication date: Sep 8, 2010
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Bee World Vol.71 (3) 1990 pp.145-146
Article Title

Guest Editorial: The tracheal mite enigma

Author(s)

Roger A Morse

Abstract

Tracheal mites, Acarapis woodi, were found for the first time in the USA on 3 July 1984. I estimate that half of the honeybee colonies in the USA have died as a result of mite infestations since that time. There are no official data and I make up this figure from the reports I have received from my counterparts in other states and beekeepers. If anything, this estimate is conservative. I know beekeepers who have lost from 50 to 80% of their colonies in a single winter. Losses have been less in the south and California, though they have been serious in these areas too. Migratory beekeepers with southern operations have had a great advantage and have made up their losses more rapidly than others by growing queens and bees in the early spring under favourable southern conditions

KeywordsTracheal mites, Acarapis woodi, honeybees, migratory beekeepers, beekeeping
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