Varroa

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2023-07-18 Snargl 0 minute 0 second

What does the Varroa look like?

You are a tiny creature, a speck of reddish brown
You have eight little legs, and you cling to your host
You feed on their fat body, and you transmit disease
You are the Varroa mite, the scourge of the honey bees

You came from Asia, where you lived in harmony
With the Apis cerana, who could resist your harm
But then you jumped to Apis mellifera, who had no defense
And you spread across the world, causing havoc and distress

You are the Varroa mite, you are a parasite
You multiply in the brood cells, where the bees cannot fight
You weaken their immune system, and you open the door
For viruses and bacteria, that make them suffer more

You are the Varroa mite, you are a challenge
For the beekeepers who try to save their precious hives
They use chemicals and treatments, they use hygiene and breeding
But you are hard to eradicate, you are always adapting

You are the Varroa mite, you are a mystery
How do you find your victims, with your senses so keen?
How do you survive the winter, when the bees are dormant?
How do you cope with the heat, when the bees are swarming?

You are the Varroa mite, you are a wonder
You have a complex life cycle, and a remarkable anatomy
You have a piercing mouthpart, and a flattened body shape
You have a dorsal shield, and a ventral sucker plate

You are the Varroa mite, you are a poem
You inspire me to write these verses, even though I don't like you
You are a fascinating creature, even though you are a pest
You are the Varroa mite, and this is my ode to you.
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