The Asian honeybee Apis cerana poses a significant threat to these populations as it is a host to two types of predatory mites with the capacity to wipe out huge numbers of the European honeybee – the varroa mite (Varroa destructor) and the Asian bee mite (Tropilaelaps clareae).
Dr Anderson of CSIRO Entomology is currently using molecular and physical methods to investigate the ecology, epidemiology, invasiveness, co-evolution and control of exotic parasitic bee mites and their Asian honeybee hosts.
Photographer : Denis Anderson
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<table style="border:1px solid;padding:2px; width:310px;" ><tr><td><a href="http://scienceimage.csiro.au/image/7306/"><img src="http://scienceimage.csiro.au/images/embed/300_0_BE6978.jpg" width="300" alt="A European honey bee prepupa with varroa mites" style="margin: 0 0 5px 0; border: 0px;"></a><br/><a href="http://scienceimage.csiro.au/image/7306/">A European honey bee prepupa with varroa mites</a><br />by CSIRO</td></tr></table>
A European honey bee prepupa with varroa mites