The Killer Mite Wiping Out Honey Bees Around The World Has Reached New Zealand

August 25, 2014

From: Business Insider Australia

Chris Pash

The Varroa mite, the main suspect behind the collapse of bee populations around the world, has landed in New Zealand.

And scientists are using the opportunity to monitor the effects of early infestation on bees and their viruses.

So far, they’ve found seven different bee virus species which have responded in a unique way to the arrival, establishment and persistence of the mite.

Varroa feeds on the blood of pupae and adult bees and can transmit several honeybee viruses with high efficiency.

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