Vorroa Destructor attached to the back of a Honeybee

Bee and Hive Problems: Keep your honey bees healthy by learning about mites and other problems that infest bee hives.

Microscopic picture of a Vorroa Mite

Varroa destructor is an external parasitic mite that attacks honey bees Apis cerana and Apis mellifera. The disease caused by the mites is called varroatosis. This is a wierd little archnid.

Vorroa Destructor

An image of the mite Varroa destructor on a honeybee (Apis) taken by the low-temperature scanning electron microscope (LTSEM).

Observation hive shot

Observation hive shot

Tracheal mites in a honeybee

Tracheal mites in a honeybee

Keith's observation hive

Keith's observation hive

Beekeeping

Apocephalus borealis maggots emerging from the neck of a honeybee

Apocephalus borealis -- Bee Parasite that causes insects (including bees) lose sense of direction and wander aimlessly until larvae fully consumes brain and emerges. Possible cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD).

Apocephalus borealis AKA The Zombie Fly.  Go to www.zombeewatch.com for more information

ZomBees: Flight of the Living Dead! Entomologists have identified a tiny parasitic fly that causes bees to exhibit bizarre nocturnal behavior before suffering a gruesome death.

Me fearlessly holding a bee frame

Me fearlessly holding a bee frame

Natural beeswax

Natural beeswax

Beekeeping gear

Beekeeping gear

Keith's hives against a beautiful sky

Keith's hives against a beautiful sky

Keith and I in bee country

Keith and I in bee country

Me decked out in beekeeping gear at The Valley Hive in Chatsworth, CA

Me decked out in beekeeping gear at The Valley Hive in Chatsworth, CA

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