Varroa destructor mite mimics two types of bee

3 junio 2015

The parasitic bee mite Varroa destructor, which can mimic the chemical composition of its host’s cuticle, is also capable of adapting this composition according to the bee species that it infests. Such remarkable adaptability could explain how this parasite of the Asian bee was able to colonize the European bee during the 20th century, contributing to the decline of the latter species.