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Varroa destructor

Bees to combat varroa

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Varroa destructor

Varroa destructor is a parasitic mite that attacks honey bees. A female mite enters a brood cell and lays its eggs on the developing bee. The mite eggs hatch about the same time as the bee leaves the cell, attaching to the bee to spread and infect other bees and larva. The mites suck the blood of adult honey bees, leaving open wounds that make the bee more prone to infections. The mite may also carry viruses that infect the bee as the mite feeds.