5.4. Methods for studying mite mating behaviour
Mating behaviour can be studied by placing a
single adult male mite and female mite inside a clear plastic Petri dish (or
glass bottle) that contains a bee larva on which the mites can feed. Mites are
kept alive in the dish by continually replacing the bee larva.
Pros: This method allows for mating behaviour to be observed and videoed.
Cons: Behaviours of mites in-vitro, such as those shown in plastic or glass containers, may not necessarily be those shown naturally inside the bee colony.