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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service


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The deadly parasitic Varroa mite on the back of this honey bee is one of many insect pests that sugar esters may be useful in controlling. Sucrose octanoate, a sugar ester, can kill the mite without harming the bee.

Photo by Scott Bauer.



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Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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