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A different mite? Please help ID


#1

Initially I thought this was early stage varroa but now I’m pretty sure it’s not.


#2

It looks like a tick.
I have no idea we don’t have mites in Australia that I know of.


#3

Not Varroa. Where are you located? My guess is an insect with six legs and those two long things in the front are antennae. Something that lives on debris.


#4

We’re in Berkeley, California, USA. It does kind of resemble a tick as bpmitchell suggested. But ticks on a bottom board? They seemed to be concentrated near the entrance-side of the board.


#5

Looks like a spider mite to me.


#6

Male Varroa maybe?


#7

The thorax on my photo looks elongated unlike varroa and colored differently.


#8

No, male Varroa are not viable outside of a brood cell.


#9

It’s a pollen mite…


#10

… how adorable :slight_smile: