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Differential infestation of honey bee, Apis mellifera, worker and queen brood by the parasitic mite Varroa destructor



Differential infestation of honey bee, Apis mellifera, worker and queen brood by the parasitic mite Varroa destructor



Apidologie 33(4): 389-398



We examined the distribution of V. destructor on worker and queen brood in colonies of A. mellifera. With both worker and queen hosts present, the mite prevalence value for worker hosts was 75.0+or-4.0% (lsmean+or-SE), compared to 5.1+or-4.0% for queen hosts (P<0.0001). We also examined the response of mites to cuticular extracts of 5th instar worker and queen larvae using arrestment bioassays.

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