Pseudoscorpions (fake scorpion) can destroy the varroa mite, which is the main cause of bee mortality in recent years across the world.
Scorpion approaches his victim (varroa), grabs it with his long, armed with claws and fangs arms, strikes and paralyzes it with poison. Then he leads the prey – a mite – to his mouth and sucks it out. Comes another mite of the way, it also is attacked, paralyzed and placed on reserve to the side.
The big varroa killer could be a new hope in the fight against the death of bees. Biologists call it Chelifer cancroides – Pseudoscorpion. The name is misleading because it is actually a spider.
Bee researchers see the infestation by varroa mites as the main cause of which have arisen in recent years increased losses of honey bee colonies.
In search of enemies of varroa mite
The Hamburg teacher Torben Schiffer dedicated pseudoscorpion his time and inhabited the bookshelves with knowledge in earlier times. 2007 wrote now 38-year-old Torben his thesis in biology about the pseudoscorions.
There needs to be further researched
“Both pseudoscorpions and bees communicate with pheromones (chemical messengers). It is necessary to consider whether the substance of numerous pseudoscorpions in the floor is possible irritation cause from the bees.”
In addition, the pseudoscorpions could not act in the brood cells on bees, in which takes place the mass proliferation of mites, the bee researchers are using ” the chemical control agents that penetrate the cell walls and also act in the brood cells on varroa mite.”
In spite of time and lack of money will clarify itself Torben Schiffer some of the open questions. In addition, he was able to win Award with some of his students at the Otto – Hahn Schule in Jenfeld. There, the teacher leads a busy bee beekeeping school. With it he won the 2009 Hanse Environmental Award for Nature Conservation for its commitment to the preservation of the honey bee.