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Interdisciplinary International Science Journal

Volume 41 (2023)
Issue 4A
Page No. 2532



Kawsar Rasool, Ishtiyaq Ahad, Ritesh Kumar,
Mehvish  Mansoor


Environment and Ecology 41 (4A): 2532—2536, October—December 2023
Article DOI:
ISSN 0970-0420

Host Preference Evaluation of Varroa destructor on
Apis mellifera by Air-Flow Olfactometer

Kawsar Rasool, Ishtiyaq Ahad, Ritesh Kumar,
Mehvish  Mansoor

Received 18 May 2023, Accepted 3 September 2023, Published on 31 October 2023



Four arm air-flow Olfactometer was used to study the behavior and host preference of Varroa destructor on different stages of Apis mellifera L. Four arm Olfactometer studies revealed that among adult castes, V. destructor exhibited strong orientation towards drone and recorded maximum mite population and percentage preference followed by nurse bees with no significant difference (p= 0.158). However, varroa mites were less attracted to foragers accounting mite population of 10.5 with percentage preference of 21%. Further, it was determined that the among all the larval stages, the odor produced by drone larvae elicited strong orientation behavior by recording a mite population of 18.5 mites with percentage preference of 37% followed by 18-20 hr old larvae with 12.25 mite population and were significantly different (p=0.015). Our results showed that the newly-emerged 2-3 hr old worker larvae were less attractive to mites. Based on the present studies it was evaluated that drone brood was preferred by Varroa mites among all the hosts. Drone brood trap method can be used for the efficient management of varroa in an integrated approach for the sustainable development and wellbeing of honeybees by reducing the application of chemical methods and resistance development in this mite.

Keywords    Apis mellifera, Varroa destructor, Host preference, Olfactometer, Different stages.

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