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  1. #1
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    Default No only bees have mites!

    Just found this on my sticky board - mites on a beatle!


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  2. #2
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    Default Re: No only bees have mites!

    Everything has mites--they are among the most ubiquitous arthropods known. Even at least 50% of us have mites--Demodex spp., or follicle mites.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demodex

    There are others that can be worse, like scabies mites. Hopefully the mites on that hive beetle are parasitic and cause beetle death.

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    Default Re: No only bees have mites!

    They are just trying to climb back up into the hive and that's a high spot...
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

  4. #4
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    Default Re: No only bees have mites!

    I don't think they are varroas but another phoretic mite--probably same order (mesostigmata) though you can't tell from the pic. The separation between the front two pairs of legs and the last two pairs of legs on those mites tells me it's not varroa, but the pic is a little fuzzy. If you look at the varroa all four pairs of legs are bunched at the front of the body near the "head".

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    Default Re: No only bees have mites!

    Yes J, I agree those are some different mites - they were maybe 1/4 size of a varroa - barely visible.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: No only bees have mites!

    i find black and orange beetles here who are on the ground struggling, or having a hard time flying and they are always covered in some type of mite. its disturbing.

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    Default Re: No only bees have mites!

    Hi,I lost my instructions for check mite plus,can someone tell me how to use it for verro mites ? ccan the bees walk on it ? Thanks
    Before man took over bees there was nature,it did a better job.

  8. #8
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    Default Re: No only bees have mites!

    Just another 'Hard Days Night'
    EAS Georgia Certified. "Tradition - Even if you have done it the same way for years doesn't mean that it is not stupid."

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