‘Vampire’ mites pick bees with the best blood

June 16, 2016

From: Futurity

Scientists know more about the reproductive secrets of one of the world’s tiniest and most destructive parasites—the Varroa mite—and say what they’ve learned may bring them closer to controlling them.

“If you know your enemies better, you can come up with new ways of controlling them,” says Zachary Huang, associate professor of entomology at Michigan State University, who studies the fertility of the notorious mite. It’s devastating honeybee populations worldwide. The mite sucks their and transmits deadly viruses.

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