Rodeo bee drops Varroa mite!

A bee tries to free itself from a Varroa mite for minutes, with powerful and very fast shaking movements. Presumably she cannot distinguish the mite from disturbing pollen residues at all, I have often been able to observe this shaking movements. Often bypassing bees then take these shaking movements to help the troubled bee, just as here at the end of the video (social or mutual grooming). In this case, however, the mite has already been thrown off. In a shaking phase with a very high frequency it obviously can no longer hold. Maybe she’ll fall to the ground and be received by book scorpions 🙂

And here the decisive moment in slow motion: