The Beekeeper’s Companion Since 1861


- September 14, 2016 -

Varroa mite graph

This graph demonstrates exponential growth. It is an example where a single varroa mite infests a colony and has two daughters, and each successive daughter has two offspring. There are a lot of factors that affect how varroa will actually reproduce and how quickly the population will grow in a real colony, but note how quickly a population takes off if every member can quickly become reproductive.