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Happenings in the insect world
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by susan rudnicki
on March 6, 2016 at 11:02 AM
A salient point in this piece that is not articulated---varroa came via HUMAN mediated international trade from the SE Asian environment where it resides in balance with its resistant host, Apis cerana. The media almost never points out the true hitchhiking "mediator" and the source of so much of the world's invasive captures---Homo sapiens. Leave Apis mellifera alone and resistance strategies develop, as is aptly shown by the MANY treatment-free beekeepers using stock that has developed resistance to the mites and their vectored diseases. The problem is, in their quest to CONTROL everything via chemicals, the modern beekeepers are creating severely chemical resistant strains of mites and weakened stocks of honey bees. Get over the "unfair"ness of it all and stop using chemicals on bees.
by Mark Hvass
on March 6, 2016 at 3:31 PM
Honey bees collapse from the viruses they acquire from the mites. Neonics attack the immune system so how can we expect the bees to ever survive against the mites?
 
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