An artificial membrane for in vitro feeding of Varroa jacobsoni and Acarapis woodi, mite parasites of honey bees

Bruce, WA.; Henegar, RB.; Hackett, KJ.

Apidologie 22(5): 503-507


A synthetic membrane ('Parafilm') through which V. jacobsoni can be fed was modified so that seams could be made virtually leak-proof and sacs designed to almost any configuration. These modifications thus eliminated problems found in previous feeding studies (Bruce et al., Apidologie (1988) 19, 209-218). Acarapis woodi was also able to penetrate this membrane and ingest an artificial medium, modified insect tissue culture medium M1D.