I hived two packages on Sat. and went this morning to see if the queens were released yet. Not only were they released, but they were both laying. I don't know if thats common, but it made me happy.
I had to remove some small burr comb that was built off of the queen cages. While looking at them closely, My wife noticed a tiny little red bug. I immediately figured it was a Varroa mite. I tried to get a picture, but it kept moving. I set the comb down in the sun and got a picture of it. After looking at the pictures however, I just wanted to confirm my identification.
Sorry for the bad picture. I started to wonder when I looked again at the pictures of Varroa on the web (like here). It looks like Varroa should be wider than they are long, and have their feet kind of out in front. My bug looked more like a really small beetle. It was longer than it was wide, and had legs out all the way around. In the picture above, I am pretty sure it was moving toward the upper right corner. It honestly looked like a tick, but much smaller than any tick I have seen. Lastly, it moves reasonably fast. Not lightning fast, but enough to make taking a macro picture hard. It definitely seemed to move very fast for it size.
Any votes yea or nay on this being Varroa?