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Varroa mites, like the one on the back of this honey bee, are the biggest problem facing honeybees today.

Varroa mites take advantage of managed beekeeping practices

Closer colonies and less swarming allow mite populations to grow and spread.

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.

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