Effect of age of worker honey bees (Apis mellifera) on tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi) infestation

Norman E. Gary, Robert E. Page, Kenneth Lorenzen

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Abstract

The susceptibility of worker honey bees, Apis mellifera L., as a function of age, to infestation by tracheal mites, Acarapis woodi Rennie, was investigated. Bees <24 h old were infested most frequently, and the frequency of infestation declined precipitously thereafter. Bees >4 days old were rarely infested in colonies during active brood rearing. Only 2 of 255 bees >8 days old, and 1 of 246 bees >16 days old, became infested. Most of the eggs found in bees>3 weeks old apparently were produced by the progeny of the original infestation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-160
Number of pages8
JournalExperimental & Applied Acarology
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Insect Science

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