Hva i all verden skal jeg gjøre med alle disse gratis-passasjerne? Kan de ikke skaffe seg sine egne vinger? Og det er et alvorlig spørsmål: Midd tar hvert år knekken på et stort antall humler og bier som vi egentlig burde beskytte best mulig?!
What in the world can I do to rid myself of all these mites? Why can’t they grow their own wings?! And – it’s a serious question! Each year mites kill off  a large number of bees and bumblebees that we actually ought to protecty in a best possible way!

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8 Responses to Freeloaders

  1. Missy's Crafty Mess says:

    Poor little guys, but from reading other comments I now have more questions than answers

  2. Leyla says:

    Edderkopper tar midd! Du må få deg en hel koloni vet du 😁

  3. -Eugenia says:

    Well, I assume from the comments, mites have a purpose!?

    • Seenorway says:

      I wouldn’t know, Eugenia. I just this was the way of nature like ticks waiting in ambush for its prey and the opportunity to suck blood? Never ever heard about the ‘nest theory’ before today!

  4. Seenorway says:

    Never thought of it that way! I’ve always regarded thjose mites as blood sucking insects slowly killing their hosts. Why should the be bringging the mites with themselves out in the field?
    Ther was one particular year where nearly every bumblebee I shot also carried a load of these mites! So heavy with mites that some of them had to walk home! 🙂

  5. puzzleblume says:

    The young queens need to carry some of the mites, “the good-ones” from the old nest over the winter to the new nest, because these mites are cleaning up the clutter. If the queen had to few ot these, there will no effort with the new nesting.
    But, sadly, I cannot see, which mites are the good-ones and which ones the others.
    Also, even the clean-up staff tends to overload their aircraft until it cannot move and must die.
    It is possible to take away the most of them with tweezers when finding an overload bumblebee queen in spring, but better removing not all, because probably they are the ones needed later for the health of the new nest, and without them, all members of the bulding up nest might die.

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