Honeybee Health: Varroa Mites

Suggested Grade Level

2nd Grade - 12th Grade

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In this lesson we'll discuss using scientific methods to identify one of the biggest threats to honeybee health: varroa destructor.

Topics Covered:

  • Discuss why the Varroa Mite (Varroa Destructor) is such a threat to honeybee populations.

  • Examine different techniques for identifying Varroa Mites inside of a beehive.

  • Brief discussion of treatments for Varroa Mites.

Learning Goals:

  • Analyze data from tests of an object or tool to determine if it works as intended.

  • Construct an argument with evidence to support a claim.

  • Science investigations use a variety of methods, tools, and techniques

  • Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.

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