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Mites of the Honey Bee
edited by Thomas C. Webster and Keith S. Delaplane

This is an interesting book on the tracheal mite (Acarapis woodi) and the Varroa mite (Varroa jacobsoni) and their introduction into North America. Although the book is highly technical, it does contain a plethora of information on the two mites. Each mite's history consumes approximately half of the book and each half is broken up into similar comparable sections. The sections for each mite are:

* Biology and Life History
* Introduction, spread and economical impact
* Pathological effects
* Sampling methods
* Chemical control
* Cultural and natural controls

There is also a final chapter on other parasitic mites not (currently) present in North America. Although the language of the book can be at times, very
technical and cumbersome, each chapter has a very consise and easily readable summary that will help even the most nontechnical reader. This is not a book that I recommend to beginers (first year beekeepers) but after that, it is one worth reading. After all, you can't know where your going until you know where you've been.

reviewed by Neil Shelley