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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Trachael Mite Dissection
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Since the introduction of varroa mites (Varroa destructor Anderson and Trueman, 2000), the impact of tracheal mites on bees has been largely overshadowed or ignored. Tracheal mites are still present in bees, and may be responsible for some unexplained colony losses. If they cause bee mortality, it is important to be able to identify their presence and at what levels. This paper:  AN EASY DISSECTION TECHNIQUE FOR FINDING THE TRACHEAL MITE, ACARAPIS WOODI (RENNIE) (ACARI: TARSONEMIDAE), IN HONEY BEES, WITH VIDEO LINK (Internat. Journ. Acarology; Vol 32 No. 4) illustrates a quick and easy technique for dissecting bees for tracheal mites.  The video  is a useful training tool for researchers, beekeepers or regulatory personnel who need to test bees for the mite's presence. 

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Last Modified: 11/6/2006
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