Pest in the Spotlight

24 January 2019

Varroa Mite

What is it: Insect

Where is it: Worldwide – except Australia

What does it affect: Bees

What does it do: Feeds on nymphs (juvenile bees) and adult bees, eventually destroying hives

What to look for: Weak, deformed bees, mites present on nymphs and/or adult bees

What should I do: If you suspect Varroa mite, call the Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881

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Photo credit: Scott Bauer, USDA Agricultural Research Service,