Infestation of honey bees with Varroa spp. (Varroosis)

Last Modified: Thu, 18 May 2023 15:00:13 IST
Disease name Infestation of honey bees with Varroa spp. (Varroosis)
Animal Health Law Category if applicable C, D, E
Species affected Bee
Description The mite Varroa destructor (formerly Varroa jacobsoni) is a parasite of adult bees and their brood. It penetrates the intersegmental skin between the abdominal sclera of adult bees to ingest haemolymph. It can sometimes be found between the head and thorax.
Status in Ireland Present
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland
DAFM Division Responsible Ag Horticulture and Plant Health
Contact Rachel Wisdom;
Link to relevant external website
Notifiable in Ireland No
WOAH Listed Yes