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Sunday, May 22, 2005

Beekeepers battle vampires

In case you hadn't noticed some beekeeper or journalist in the USA (I presume) has unleashed a new name for varroa over the past few months: “vampire mites”. As metaphors go, I suppose it's not too bad -- varroa sucking the blood of bees and debilitating them, not to mention acting as vectors for honeybee viruses.

Can we expect a spate of B-movies featuring our tormentor? There's quite a few of the traditional style already: even The Fearless Vampire Killers from Roman Polanski. But it's not about beekeepers, I'm sorry to say.



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