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Behavioral attributes and parental care of Varroa mites parasitizing honeybee brood

Donzé, Gérard ; Guerin, Patrick M.

In: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 1994, vol. 34, no. 5, p. 305-319

Varroa jacobsoni, an ectoparasite of the Asian honeybee Apis cerana, has been introduced world-wide, and is currently decimating colonies of the European honeybee Apis mellifera. Varroa's reproductive cycle is tuned to that of drone cells, those mainly parasitized in the original host. We describe here how a single fertilized female, infesting a brood cell, can produce...