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Uruguay study shows Africanized bees groom Verroa Destructor mites

This behavior is key to recovering from the Verroa mite epidemic. Ciro Invernizzi and colleagues from the Facultad de Ciencias, Montevideo, Uruguay, compared grooming behaviour in Italian (Apis mellifera ligustica) and Africanized bees. They found that at the individual level, Africanized bees showed a higher…
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Harvard study shows neonicotionoids are devastating colonies by triggering colony collapse disorder

Interesting 2014 study linking Neonics and CCD. “Bees from six of the 12 neonicotinoid-treated colonies had abandoned their hives and were eventually dead with symptoms resembling CCD,” the team wrote. “However, we observed a complete opposite phenomenon in the control colonies.” Only one control colony…