The hive of the honey bee is a suitable habitat for diverse mites (Acari), including nonparasitic, omnivorous, and pollen-feeding species, and parasites. The biology and damage of the three main pest species , and is reviewed, along with detection and control methods. The hypothesis that is a recently evolved species is rejected. Mite-associated bee pathologies (mostly viral) also cause increasing losses to apiaries. Future studies on bee mites are beset by three main problems: The recent discovery of several new honey bee species and new bee-parasitizing mite species (along with the probability that several species are masquerading under the name ) may bring about new bee-mite associations and increase damage to beekeeping; methods for studying bee pathologies caused by viruses are still largely lacking; few bee- and consumer-friendly methods for controlling bee mites in large apiaries are available.


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