Killer swarms

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

The var­roa bee mite jumps species, spread­ing around the world and killing mil­lions of colonies.

The tropi­lae­laps mite also jumped species, but for­tu­nately is mainly in Asia.

African killer bees be­gan spread­ing, from Brazil to North Amer­ica.

The small hive beetle from Africa, turned up in Florida and started dev­as­tat­ing colonies. It has spread to other coun­tries, in­clud­ing Aus­tralia.

The mi­crosporid­ian stom­ach par­a­site Nosema cer­ane, jumped its host species and is now through­out much of the world.

A new virus, the Is­raeli Acute Paral­y­sis virus, is found in China, Aus­tralia and in the United States where it is im­pli­cated in colony col­lapse dis­or­der.

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