One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A microscopic mite which is a debilitating parasite of the honeybee, causing loss of honey production.
- ‘Earlier this year a dead varroa mite was found in a hive in North Canterbury, prompting a major investigation by MAF and restrictions on the area.’
- ‘Among the greatest problems is the varroa mite, a bloodsucking parasite that attacks young and adult honeybees.’
- ‘Monthly samples of the fallen varroa showed that the screen insert reduced the mite populations by about 15 percent.’
- ‘Orkney is one of the few places in Britain to be free of the deadly varroa mites that have devastated honey production in many parts of the world.’
- ‘In field tests, the formic acid gel killed up to 84% of varroa mites and 100% of tracheal mites, another bee pest.’
1970s: modern Latin, from Varro, Marcus Terentius (with reference to his work on bee-keeping) + -a.
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