As the managed honeybee industry continues to grapple with annual colony losses, the varroa destructor mite is emerging as the leading culprit. As it turns out, the very nature of modern beekeeping may be giving the parasite the exact conditions it needs to spread nearly beyond control.
In an article published in the Entomological Society of America's Environmental Entomology, researchers argue that the varroa mite has "co-opted" several honeybee behaviors to its own benefit,
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