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Bees trying to dislodge varroa mite


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I have been seeing my bees come home and do this strange thing,they move their abdomen in a circular fashion to rub their plates together there by dislodging the dreaded varroa mite.I watched one do this yesterday and lo and behold a varroa was dislodged from its spot and ran out on to the bees wing where the bee could not remove it. The bee eventually gave up and went into hive having one last go at rubbing mite off its wing as it went through the doorway.12 days ago i finished a six week treatment via oxalic acid vaporization using this thing from england called the Gas-Vap,I believe they are picking mites up robbing a guys hives a couple of hundred yards away will have to visit him.

A better description,the bee moves its abdomen up as high as it can go and then around to the right,bottom ,left and top again in a circular fashion always with abdomen at extreme angle or travel.Then it stops and quickly wipes itself down with hind legs.and repeats until offending mite is dislodged(or not).And now I know that these mites feed on the bees fat not the hemolymph it explains why some bees badly affected by varroa look see thru.

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a handful of questions:

1 - how frequently did you treat with oxalic acid vapour during the six week treatment period?

2 - did you test varroa numbers during and/or after treatment?

3 - what is it that makes you think that your bees are robbing a neighbour's hives?

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2 hours ago, Trevor Gillbanks said:

All fixed for you.  

Have another coffee and a Happy pill and then off to bed.

 It is a bit late for you pensioners.

When my mum got to 85 she said it was ok for old people to be unreasonable and difficult.

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Ive seen a Varroa climb onto a bee from the floor of a box.

The Varroa sits still and as the Bees walks past, almost stepping on the Mite the mite zooms up the bees leg like a Jockey leaping onto a Horse's back, only much faster.

The Bee does a spastic dance for a few seconds then moves on

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On 2/07/2019 at 10:01 AM, tommy dave said:

a handful of questions:

1 - how frequently did you treat with oxalic acid vapour during the six week treatment period?

2 - did you test varroa numbers during and/or after treatment?

3 - what is it that makes you think that your bees are robbing a neighbour's hives?

every 5 to 7 days with oxalic acid vapour and due to how cold it was I was loath to open hive so did a count on the base board under hive,bumped into neighbour at supermarket sure enough one hive died.(being a newbee I presumed what I was seeing was some sort of honey flow-well it was just not from flowers).arranged to go and treat remaining hive after these fronts pass through

On 5/07/2019 at 8:14 AM, Philbee said:

Ive seen a Varroa climb onto a bee from the floor of a box.

The Varroa sits still and as the Bees walks past, almost stepping on the Mite the mite zooms up the bees leg like a Jockey leaping onto a Horse's back, only much faster.

The Bee does a spastic dance for a few seconds then moves on

They try too rub them off on projecting nails and i left some staples on hive step that they rub against as well very interesting behavior.

you guys crack me up with your happy pills etc sorry about the font (default)

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