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The black dot on this honey bee is a varroa mite is a parasite that sucks vital fluids like a tick, although it also acts like a mosquito transmitting viruses and other pathogens to the bee. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) is looking to the genetics of both the mite and the honey bee for long-term solutions. USDA ARS photo.

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Taken on May 13, 2014