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Animal research

08 - 06 - 2015

Varroa destructor : the parasitic mite that invades hives

CNRS researchers have looked at the Varroa destructor mite, a parasite that happens to mimic the natural composition of the cuticle of European bees. Thanks to this chemical camouflage, the mites infiltrate hives by parasitizing larvae, pupae and adult bees.