From the genus name Varroa
- (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:
- 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.
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.