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does the varroa attack the other social wasp like they do the honeybees?

and if not WHY ???

wondering if there is a chemical they they give off that protects them from mights --

this is also of the other diseases as well......
I know that they are sometimes afflicted with maybes.:D

Seriously, though, that is a good question. Curious to know what the answer is.
 

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Varroa cannot live apart from it's apis host.
No other host has been discovered that will suuport varroa's reproduction cycle, although it has been rumored that bombus is a possibility.
Just look at varroa's reproductive cycle and wasps, hornets, etc The answer is plain as day ; NO.
 

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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2256338

http://ento.psu.edu/pollinators/members

'We are developing genomic resources for Varroa mites, a serious pest of honey bees, fire ants, and the paper wasp Polistes dominulus, both excellent models for study the evolution of social behavior.'

http://flaentsoc.org/09festufts_hunter_integrate.pdf

Now we know how they got viruses integrated into their genome (varroa has DWV integrated into its genome as well).
If they can get varroa mites onto fire ants I would be tickled!!! Fire ants are everywhere.
 
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