Distribution patterns of Varroa jacobsoni Oud on Apis mellifera L during winter in ArgentinaN. Fernándeza, M. Eguarasa and D. Hernándezb
a CONICET, Lab Artrópodos, Univ Nac Mar del Plata, Funes 3350 (7600), Mar del Plata, Argentina
b INIDEP, Playa Grande, 7600, Mar del Plata, Argentina
Abstract - The distribution of Varroa jacobsoni on Apis mellifera was determined during winter in Argentina. In contrast to previous reports, 98% of mites were localized on the ventral abdomen. Varroa mites showed a significant preference for the left side.
Key words: Varroa jacobsoni / phoretic behavior / host-parasite relationship / Argentina