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Varroa destructor
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Species description or overview

Varroa destructor overview and images
Varroa mite information on reproduction, infection, and control measures, and images are available in this Wikipedia article.

Wikipedia article on varroa mite (Varroa destructor)
ISSG's publication "Aliens" highlights the invasion of Guam by the brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis).

Frequently asked questions about varroa mites (HDOA)
Varroa mite impacts and spread are among the topics in this FAQ page from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

Varroa mite (!not a real genus): species information from HEAR
Categorized information about Varroa mite (!not a real genus) is presented by the Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR).

Varroa destructor description and ecology from GISD (ISSG)
A species description and information about the ecology of Varroa destructor as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Taxonomy & nomenclature

Varroa destructor information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Varroa destructor, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.


Pest alerts

Varroa mite pest advisory View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Varroa mite images, life cycle, description, and distribution are in this pest advisory from the Hawaii DOA (6/28/2007).

Serious bee mite found at Manoa honey farm
A honey bee mite has been discovered at a bee farm in Manoa, Oahu, after abandoned hives from Makiki Heights were relocated to the property last week. Varroa mites were detected on bees in three of the abandoned hives on April 6 by the beekeeper and reported to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (HDOA). (HDOA news release dated 11 April 2007.)


Impacts

The buzz on bees (Honolulu Advertiser, 7/1/2007)
Varroa mites, a devastating pest of honeybees, can adversely affect the pollination of native and cultivated plants in Hawaii (Neil Reimer, Commentary).

Varroa destructor impact information from GISD (ISSG)
Impact information regarding Varroa destructor as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Prevention

Restrictions on intrastate movement of live or dead honey bees (Hawaii DOA Plant Quarantine interim rule 07-01) View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Prevention of the spread of varroa mites was the rational behind this 8/27/2007 Hawaii DOA quarantine rule restricting the movement of honeybees.

Hawaii Board of Agriculture actions for the 28 August 2007 meeting
Requests for quarantine measures to control varroa mite and ohia rusts are approved.

Meeting to discuss varroa mite situation on Oahu (HDOA, 6/8/2007)
The infestation of varroa mite on Oahu and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's actions in response to the infestation were the topics of this meeting to update beekeepers and farmers throughout the State.

Draft varroa mite plan (HDOA 6/20/2007)
Strategies to control the varroa mite infestation are in this draft plan from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.


Control methods

Pesticide approved for use to control bee mites
A miticide to control the varroa mite, one of the most serious pests of honeybees, was licensed by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (2/10/2011).

Report on the study, control and mitigation of the bee mite infestation (Hawaii DOA, 2007) View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
The varroa mite is the subject of this extensive review presented to the 24th legislature by the Hawaii DOA, December, 2007.

Varroa bee mite information from HDOA
This varroa mite page provides links to developments to control and manage this serious pest of bees on Oahu (Hawaii Department of Agriculture).

Varroa destructor management information from GISD (ISSG)
Management information for Varroa destructor as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).

Scientists find way to treat hives with varroa mites
New Zealand scientists say they have found a way to use a strain of the common insect fungus Metarhizium to treat beehives infected with varroa mites (Otago Daily Times, 8/1/2008).


Legislation/regulation

Restrictions on intrastate movement of live or dead honey bees (Hawaii DOA Plant Quarantine interim rule 07-01) View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Prevention of the spread of varroa mites was the rational behind this 8/27/2007 Hawaii DOA quarantine rule restricting the movement of honeybees.


Images

Varroa bee mite information from HDOA
This varroa mite page provides links to developments to control and manage this serious pest of bees on Oahu (Hawaii Department of Agriculture).


Distribution

Varroa mite surveys (HDOA, 11/15/2007)
Varroa mite distribution maps based on surveys indicate the mites were restricted to Oahu in November, 2007..

Varroa destructor worldwide distribution from GISD (ISSG)
Worldwide distribution information about Varroa destructor is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


In the news

Pesticide approved for use to control bee mites
A miticide to control the varroa mite, one of the most serious pests of honeybees, was licensed by the Hawaii Department of Agriculture (2/10/2011).

The buzz on bees (Honolulu Advertiser, 7/1/2007)
Varroa mites, a devastating pest of honeybees, can adversely affect the pollination of native and cultivated plants in Hawaii (Neil Reimer, Commentary).

State releases plan to save the bees
Varroa mite infested bee hives on Oahu should be destroyed or treated, according to the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's draft plan, which bee keepers call incomplete and inadequate (Pacific Business News, 6/25/2007).

Beekeepers wait for action plan on parasite (Pacific Business News, 11 June 2007
The varoa mite has infested numerous commercial hives and feral swarms on Oahu. Bee keepers in Hawaii await plans from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture to defend against this pest which can decimate hives.


Full-text articles

Report on the study, control and mitigation of the bee mite infestation (Hawaii DOA, 2007) View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
The varroa mite is the subject of this extensive review presented to the 24th legislature by the Hawaii DOA, December, 2007.


Experts

Varroa destructor contacts from GISD (ISSG)
Contact information for experts on Varroa destructor as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Other resources

Varroa bee mite folder
The varroa bee mite folder links to Hawaii Department of Agriculture's distribution maps, plans, surveys, and other mite related information.

Frequently asked questions about varroa mites (HDOA)
Varroa mite impacts and spread are among the topics in this FAQ page from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

Meeting to discuss varroa mite situation on Oahu (HDOA, 6/8/2007)
The infestation of varroa mite on Oahu and the Hawaii Department of Agriculture's actions in response to the infestation were the topics of this meeting to update beekeepers and farmers throughout the State.

Draft varroa mite plan (HDOA 6/20/2007)
Strategies to control the varroa mite infestation are in this draft plan from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.

Varroa bee mite information from HDOA
This varroa mite page provides links to developments to control and manage this serious pest of bees on Oahu (Hawaii Department of Agriculture).

Varroa destructor references from GISD (ISSG)
References regarding Varroa destructor as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


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