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    Default Varroa Question

    I am a new beekeeper with three hives. While reviewing pictures that I take when examining my hives I found one that I think is a mite. Actually, this doesn't surprise me since I purchased this hive from someone in January and once I opened it in early March I didn't think that it had been well tended.

    Of the several pictures I have taken, only one bee seems to display what appears to be a red dot on its abdomen, just behind the wings. In the picture below it is the bee at about the 3 o'clock position.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/jarm63/F...93542293254290

    If it is a mite is there any treatment that I can do at this time of year?

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    Default Varroa mites

    Here are some good photos:
    http://photo.bees.net/gallery/varroa
    You have some options:
    1st moniter the mites before and after you apply your mite control.
    Apiguard can be applied. But, it is temperature dependent.
    Ernie
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    Thanks, I was afraid that it was a varroa mite. The pics that you directed me to confirm that it is a mite. Thanks for the confirmation.

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    So you have a mite. That was a forgone conclusion. Now the question is how many mites do you have? Do find the answer you need to do either a sugar shake, a drop count, or uncap a bit of capped drone brood, or all three. Then you'll have a number to work with.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Thank you Michael. I hope to coordinate with a local beekeeper to help me figure this out.

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    Where there's one, there's more. Drop counts are easy and the info is valuable. Once you baseline, you're really interested in where your counts are headed and how fast, especially as you treat.
    "My wife always wanted girls. Just not thousands and thousands of them......"

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