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Not a pretty picture, but a healthy one

The eviction of a young varroa mite

This is certainly not a pretty picture, but it does suggest that the bees in the observation hive might be good housekeepers.

Pictured is a bee disposing of a larva — and the reason is clear: there on the lower end of the larva is a young varroa mite. (Double-click on the picture to see an enlarged version.)

The bees are currently being treated with Apiguard varroa control.

And apologies for the quality of the image, but it is a rare sight and I had only one chance to snap it.

Turlough, Vita’s Guest Beekeeper Blogger

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