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Honey Bee Parasites

Varroa mite on drone pupa

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Varroa mites have a definite preference for drone brood. Workers and especially queen brood are utilized only in cases of heavy infestation. Females mites produced in the summer live 2-3 months and in the fall 5-8 months. Without bees and brood the mites can survive no more than five days. They can, however, live in a comb with sealed brood at 68 degrees F up to 30 days.