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David T. Peck

I'm a behaviorist interested in the behavioral interactions between parasites and their hosts, including parasite behavior, host-resistance behaviors toward parasites, and host-manipulation by parasites. I'm currently focused on studying: Mechanisms of naturally evolved behavioral resistance to the mite Varroa destructor in honey bee populations in the United States and Madagascar. AND Consequences of both mite and bee behavior in the transmission of Varroa mites between honey bee colonies in apicultural and natural settings.

Bees That Rob Honey from Their Neighbors Also Pick Up Dangerous Parasitic Mites

Reports over the last few decades have alerted the public to the ongoing health challenges facing honey bees, our planet’s most economically important pollinator. The parasitic mite Varroa destructor is a major source of colony losses, and scientists have spent […]