Parasitic Mites Mimic Honeybees’ Scent to Evade Detection

Bad news for honeybees: Their biggest enemies are also masters of disguise.

An abundance of factors are contributing to the rapid decline of honeybee populations, but a tiny mite with a name suitable for a super villain, Varroa destructor, may be terrorizing the bees the most. And recently scientists discovered that these mites have a super power: They can customize their chemical scents to match different species of bees in order to remain undetected within the colony.

A Mite Menace

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