Varroa (Varroa destructor) and tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi) incidence in the Republic of Turkey

Cakmak, I.; Aydn, L.; Gulegen, E.; Wells, H.

Journal of Apicultural Research 42(4): 57-60


This is the first extensive study of the incidence of varroa (Varroa destructor) and tracheal mites (Acarapis woodi) in Turkish honey bees (Apis mellifera). Samples were taken from 204 colonies in 39 apiaries spread over 5 regions of Turkey. Fifty bees from each colony were dissected in the laboratory and examined under stereo and compound microscopes using 4 different techniques to detect the presence of Acarapis woodi.