Varroa Mites

Varroa destructor (Anderson and Truman) previously described as Varroa jacobsoni (Oud) is a parasitic mite of adult bees and brood. In the past hundred years or so it has become the most serious pest of Western honeybees across the globe, particularly for the European honey bee Apis mellifera which lacks natural defences to be able to deal with the mite […]

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Protecting gardens for crops from insects using the “smell of fear”

AUGUST 25, 2021 Protecting gardens and crops from insects using the ‘smell of fear’ by American Chemical Society Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain For home gardeners and farmers, herbivorous insects present a major threat to their hard work and crop yields. The predator insects that feed on these bugs emit odors that pests can sense, which changes […]

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Rare Australian bee found after 100 years

Rare bee found after 100 years by Flinders University Pharohylaeus lactiferus (Colletidae: Hylaeinae). Credit: James Dorey Photography A widespread field search for a rare Australian native bee not recorded for almost a century has found it’s been there all along—but is probably under increasing pressure to survive. Only six individual were ever found, with the last […]

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