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Mite-infected bee

Mite-infected bee

C004/2823

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STEPHEN AUSMUS / US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STEPHEN AUSMUS / US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Mite-infected bee. Young worker bee (superfamily Apoidea) emerging from a brood cell with a mite (red) on its back. The Varroa mite is an external parasite of the honeybee (Apis mellifera). It feeds on both the brood and adults within a colony, and is the vector of many bee viruses. It is a major pest of commercial bee colonies.

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