"So, naturalists observe, a flea has smaller fleas that on him prey; and these have smaller still to bite ’em; and so proceed ad infinitum."
- Jonathan Swift
January 10, 2010
January 10 - Varroa destructor
Many people have heard of grave concerns about the loss of honey bees, key pollinators of our crops and other important plants. One of the reasons for their trouble is the ectoparasitic mite, Varroa destructor. These tiny little arachnids climb onto bees and suck out their hemolymph - insect blood - and can also transmit dangerous viruses from bee to bee.