Thursday, May 27, 2010
This chunk has three larger cells which may be queen cells.
The one on the right has two varroa mites on it. The upper mite was actually still alive.
I believe the difference in the colors of the larvae are due to a difference in age.
They remind me a bit of red spider mites that occur on some plants. Those mites, however, are bright red and run about frantically in circles.
These mites are just plain horrible.
I want to avoid using hard chemicals and will try the sugar method first. It's rather like giving the bees a shower with finely pulverized cane sugar. The sugar is supposed to remove some of the mites and the bees will start grooming to the remove the sugar and will remove some mites as well. I'll take some photos when I do the treatment.