An interesting observation that sparked the question,
Do fire ants eat varroa mites?
I have screen bottom hives and I slid the IPM board under my small hive as I was getting clustering on the bottom of the screen and was concerned over attempts to rob this hive. It is the one I am feeding under the cover. Just out of curiosity I slide it out every couple of days to check for dropped mites. I have been finding fire ants busy dragging off the assorted dropped bee debris - pollen, dead bug parts including bee parts like legs. But also noticed that since the fire ants have been scuttering around that I have not seen a single dropped mite.
Is it possible this annoying invader has a useful purpose other then taking chunks out of me??
To be clear, these ants are just hunting, they have NOT moved in.