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Recommended Sampling Method for Varroa in Fiji

Two sampling methods provide the best estimates of mite populations. Both involve removing mites from the bodiesof adult bees, then counting the mites to establish a standard percentage measure of mite numbers (i.e., number of mites per 100 adult bees). The recommended sampling methods in Fiji is with icing (powdered) sugar shake. Practice improves accuracy …

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Homalictus terminalis is found only within 95 meters of Mount Batilamu’s peak. Image by James Dorey/Flinders University nature photographer.

Nine new Fijian bees described

From the island country of Fiji, researchers have described nine new, and four previously known, species of bees belong to the genus Homalictus, a group that’s not been taxonomically reviewed in Fiji for 40 years. Many Homalictus bee species either have very restricted distributions or are known only from single mountaintops, the researchers say, and …

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Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) Fact Sheet on Varroa Mite - November 2018

Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) Fact Sheet on Varroa Mite – November 2018

The threat of varroa mite Varroa mite, Varroa jacobsoni is a serious external parasite of honeybees. Varroa mite damages honeybees through feeding on the brood and adult bees and transmitting various diseases. The Varroa mite infested colonies are significantly weakened and usually cannot survive for more than one or two years. Varroa mite poses a …

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