Gordon Thomason passed this article on to me, from June 7 Science Daily, as reported in the journal Science, regarding mites and deformed wing virus.

..."showed how the Varroa mite caused deformed wing virus (DWV) -- a known viral pathogen -- to increase its frequency among honey bee colonies from 10 per cent to 100 per cent.  This change was accompanied by a million-fold increase in the number of virus particles infecting each honey bee and a massive reduction in viral strain diversity leading to the emergence of a single virulent DWV strain."

Read the article at

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120607142357.htm

Damn mites.

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Comment by Jessie Brown on June 13, 2012 at 6:18am

Darnded mites! 

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