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Observation of Varroa destructor behavior in capped worker brood of Africanized honey bees



Observation of Varroa destructor behavior in capped worker brood of Africanized honey bees



Experimental and Applied Acarology 58(3): 279-290



The behavioral activity of Varroa destructor was observed using transparent cells. Mite oviposition started at 45.0 ± 25.0 h post capping, followed by the next eggs laid at regular 27.3 ± 2.0 h intervals. On the prepupa, mites were found to feed often and there was no preference for a specific segment as a feeding site. During the pupal stage the mite fed less often and almost always at the same point. Varroa showed a preference for defecation in the posterior part of the cell. A significant association was observed between the position of the feeding point in the pupa and the defecation site on the cell wall. Displacement behavior was observed in 71 % of the infested bee larvae and a major change in the free space available for varroa in the cell occurred when the prepupa molted into a pupa.

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Accession: 036455069

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DOI: 10.1007/s10493-012-9579-0


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