Request for info on Varroa Destructor

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Request for info on Varroa Destructor

Postby Beegamer » Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:57 am

This is probably a silly question: How do we know that Varroa destructor never cohabited with the european honey bee until the 60s? Were folks actively checking their bees for varroa before then?

I've read the story that varroa originally jumped from Apis cerana to Apis mellifera in the 60s, but does anyone know of a research article that backs that story?

Is it possible that varroa has always been there, but wasn't a problem until the 60s?

I know it's a newbee question for sure. But I also think the most important aspect of science is to challenge the stories we tell ourselves to make sure they stand up to our challenges.

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Re: Request for info on Varroa Destructor

Postby Michael Bush » Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:22 pm

When Varroa destructor (then called Varroa jacobsoni) was first discovered on European bees all the beekeeping inspectors around the world went looking for them. Their spread was well documented as they were discovered in various places over time.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varroa_destructor
Animated map of the spread of Varroa mites:
http://www.mylovedone.com/image/solstic ... ghaus.html
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Re: Request for info on Varroa Destructor

Postby Beegamer » Mon Aug 29, 2016 6:58 pm

Thank you, Micheal.


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