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Honey Bee Parasites

Different life stages of Varroa mite feeding on a drone bee (just before emerging)

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The mite life cycle is comprised of four developmental stages: egg, two eight-legged nymphal stages (protonymph and deutonymph) and the adult. The period from egg to adult takes about 6-7 days for the female and 5-6 days for the male.