Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ghosts in the Hive

The following video has been in my YouTube queue for quite awhile, but I just finally got around to watching it. In this video, biologist Ricarda Kather gives a lecture entitled "Ghosts in the Hive - Varroa's life cycle inside a Honey Bee Colony" at the National Honey Show 2013. Wow! What an amazing insight into the varroa mite!

Once again, I am just amazed by the intricacies of nature. If I weren't a beekeeper, I would be impressed by the mite's ability to mimic bees and their cleverness in propagating in a colony. Oh, heck, I really am impressed. I may not like mites, but they are quite clever, really. 

Enjoy the show.

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