varroa

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A honeybee with deformed wings attributed to deformed wing virus, which is transmitted by Varroa destructor
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From the genus name Varroa

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varroa (uncountable)

  1. (beekeeping, chiefly New Zealand) Infestation with the mite Varroa destructor, or the disease caused by such mites.
    These bees are resistant to varroa.
    • 2009, January 29, “Don Farmer”, in Shop forced to shut as bees swarm[1]:
      Swarms were reasonably common place in rural areas when New Zealand had a large feral bee population but few wild bees now survive due to varroa disease.

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The damage caused by varroa appears to be a combination of that caused by the mites and by viruses transmitted by them, in particular deformed wing virus (DWV). Varroa has been suggested as a possible cause of colony collapse disorder.

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