What We Need: A Better Bee

By Kathy Keatley Garvey (Bug Squad - Happenings in the Insect World) May 25, 2012

Varroa mites, those pesky little parasites that suck the blood out of honey bees and spread multiple viruses, are now found throughout the world, except in Australia.

Scientists blame these parasites as one of the causes of colony collapse disorder (CCD), characterized by adult bees abandoning the hive and leaving behind the queen, brood and food stores. They attribute CCD to a multitude of factors, including pests,...

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The lifespan of this mite-infested drone will be short. The brownish-orange" bumps" are varroa mites.

(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Close-up of varroa mites on drone pupa.

(Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)