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Honey Bee Parasites

Honey Bee Tracheal Mite (Acarapis woodi)

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A second mite that infests honey bees is the honey bee tracheal mite. This internal parasitic mite lives within the trachea or breathing tubes inside the thorax of adult honey bees. Mites may also be found in air sacs in the thorax, abdomen and head. The mites pierce the breathing tube walls with their mouth parts and feed on the hemolymph, or blood, of the bees.