An Inside Look at How the Varroa Mite’s Diet Was Discovered (or How To ID a Monster)
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    Default An Inside Look at How the Varroa Mite’s Diet Was Discovered (or How To ID a Monster)

    I found this article to be really interesting, and just a little bit disturbing.

    https://entomologytoday.org/2019/02/...et-discovered/

    Extra-oral digestion of fat body tissue? Mites break down the fat body inside the bee, before they ingest it. $4#@&%g monsters!
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    Sounds like a good read. They are little monsters for sue!

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    Default Re: An Inside Look at How the Varroa Mite’s Diet Was Discovered (or How To ID a Monst

    Mosquitoes have anticoagulants that does the job whilst sucking our blood, ain’t much different lol.
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    Default Re: An Inside Look at How the Varroa Mite’s Diet Was Discovered (or How To ID a Monst

    A better comparison is to spiders--but the mites don't outright kill their prey/hosts. They are in the same class: Arachnida.

    Mosquitoes also have other compounds that elicit inflammatory reactions to increase blood flow to the area, as well as anesthetize the bite site for some species--especially the day-biters.

    Nasty to our eyes but awesome to theirs.

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