Bee mites, SEM

Bee mites, SEM

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Caption: Bee mites. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of bee mites (Subclass Acari) on the body of a bee. These parasitic mites attach to the body of the bee and weaken it by sucking haemolymph, the insect's 'blood'. In doing this the mites can spread viruses to the bee. A significant mite infestation will lead to the death of a honey bee colony and may be a contributing factor to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Magnification: x30 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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