It’s still big business in W.Va., but a destructive mite has hurt nationwide honey production
The varroa destructor does exactly what its name describes. It destroys honey bees. The mites are threatening bee colonies nationwide. The tiny mites showed up in West Virginia in the 1980s. They attach themselves to the insect to suck the blood out of it, weakening the bee and leaving miniscule holes that invite viruses.
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