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Mauritius: Bees threatened by parasitic mite Varroa




While in 2013 Mauritius had a little more than 250 beekeepers, raising bees for honey extraction is now threatened by the insect Varroa.
 
Several locations (Terre-Rouge, Port-Louis, Roches-Noires, Pointe aux Sables, military and Flacq district) are victims of the parasitic mite.
 
The Mauritian Ministry of agro-industry warned for several weeks the potential threat of the Varroa mite on the beekeeping sector of the island, according to the Le Défi Quotidien newspaper.
 
As a reminder, the insect Varroa (1.5 mm to 1 mm) revels in the blood of bees as larva or adult stage.
 
To achieve its ends, the mite pierces the skin of its victims, and disseminates viruses that can distort the wings of bees.
 
But in most cases, no apparent morphological signs of infection does reveal contamination of bees.



Fabrice François


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