(London Daily Mail) Parasitic mites have ‘turbo-charged’ the spread of a deadly virus that is killing honey bee colonies around the world.

Bee populations have been falling rapidly in many countries, fuelled by a phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder.

Many suspects have been named for bee colony collapse, including popular pesticides.

Now University of Sheffield scientists studied the impact of a parasitic mite arriving in a fresh territory – Hawaii – and concluded that it is a prime suspect, since it spreads viruses while feeding on hemolymph, or bee’s ‘blood’.

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