Dr. Ramsey fundamentally changed our understanding of Varroa mites in his most recent publication Varroa destructor feeds primarily on honey bee fat body tissue and not hemolymph. He has since uncovered a pest potentially more dangerous than Varroa – Tropilaelaps.
Nancy Ostiguy from Pennsylvania State University Center for Pollinator Research analyzed pesticide residues in pollen and wax comb samples found in apiaries from University of Maine, USDA-ARS at Baton Rouge, University of Florida, University of Minnesota and Washington State University.
Much of the knowledge about Varroa was derived from closely related parasitic and predatory mites. Assumption that Varroa mites were blood-sucking was propagated by “chain citing” an English-language study referring to rudimentary Russian-language Varroa publications. However, there are some important differences that prompted Dr. Ramsey to investigate this assumption and conclude that Varroa destructor feeds primarily on honey bee fat tissue and not hemolymph.
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