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Investigate: varroa mite (Stages 3 and 4) 

A short activity to help your students understand why the detection of varroa mite at Newcastle called for a statewide emergency response.

Note: for student safety do not encourage students to handle bees.

Unlike our other Investigate activities, this activity does not include hands-on activities. Detection of varroa mite requires that bees are handled and this poses a potential risk to students. Handling bees should only be carried out by trained, experienced personnel.  

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This activity provides information about how we found out varroa mite are in Australia, why it’s a problem and what we are doing about it.

The most recent version of the document is dated April 2024.

If you would like a class set of Biosecurity Warrior stickers to reward students for completing this activity email schools.program@dpi.nsw.gov.au with your name, mailing address and the number of stickers you would like.

View the ABC's 7.30 Report story from 20 July 2022

Print or complete electronically.

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