Reproduction of Varroa jacobsoni (Acari : Mesostigmata: Varroidae) in temperate climates of ArgentinaJ.A. Marcangeli, M.J. Eguaras and N.A. Fernandez
Universidad Nacional de Mar dei Plata, Laboratorio de Artrópodos, Fac Cs Ex y Nat, CONICET, Funes 3350 (7600), Mar del Plata, Argentina
Abstract - The proportion of mite females that reproduce was determined throughout 2 seasons of the year: autumn and spring in the temperate climates of Argentina. A greater reproduction of the parasite was recorded in springtime. A large proportion of non-reproductive females was observed in autumn. Such variation in reproduction levels could produce differential growth rhythms in mite populations during different seasons.
Key words: Varroa jacobsoni / Argentina / reproduction rate