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Figure 2: Varroa mite reproductive cycle

Varroa mite reproductive cycle

Figure 2: A Varroa mite’s reproductive stage follows six steps: (1) a female mite enters a bee brood cell and (2) hides in brood food until (3) the prepupa stage, when feeding begins. (4) Laying of a male egg takes place after approximately 60 hours, followed by female eggs every 30 hours. (5) Mites undergo two developmental stages, reach maturity, and mate. (5) The mother and mature daughter mites then exit on adult bee. (Image by Morgan Roth, originally published in Roth et al 2020, Journal of Integrated Pest Management)

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