Re: Ramsey: Forced Brood Breaks Could Be Harmful to Bees
I've read researchers who report observing the foundress mite feeding on the developing bee in the cell. The reports state that the foundress mite bites into the larva, taking 30-60 minutes to conclude feeding. The first portion of that time seemed to be waiting for the larval tissue to dissolve, or ooze, enough to slurp it up. I think young mites feed there as well before leaving the cell.
I know of no other studies to refute Dr. Ramesy's conclusions. Until more is done in this area, he is the expert. In my view, his discovery was a big step forward and explains Randy Oliver's pre-discovery focus on adequate fat reserves needed for successful hive growth and health. JMO
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