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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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Caption for May/June 2008 Agricultural Research magazine article, "Colony Collapse Disorder: A Complex Buzz." European honey bee with a Varroa mite on its back.

Caption for June 2005 Agricultural Research magazine article, "Death by Desiccation: Sugar esters dry out insect pests of flowers and ornamentals." 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.

Caption for October 2001 Agricultural Research magazine article, "Russian Honey Bee Earning Its Stripes." European honey bee with a Varroa mite on its back. The mites cause death and disease in bee colonies.


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Last Modified: 8/13/2016
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