Forerunner of varroa gets just deserts

An ancient mite that bit an ant’s head got locked together in amber for millions of years. The fossil is the first discovered parasite from a group whose species plague today’s ants, bees and wasps. The mite is attached to the ant’s head – a similar behaviour to modern parasitic mites like varroa, which can infest honeybees. The research was published in Royal Society journal Biology Letters, ‘An ant-associated mesostigmatid mite in Baltic amber’ (Sept 2014) by Jason A Dunlop, Jenő Kontschán, David E Walter and Vincent Perrichot: and featured in Nature News sourced by Emma Sarah Tennant.


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