At least since the successful petition for a referendum in Bavaria, our local honey bee has been regarded as a sympathetic symbol for the preservation of biodiversity. Because the campaign with the slogan “Save the Bees” has even prompted the conservative Bavarian government to change its thinking. After all, our world would soon look quite grey without the many insects that pollinate plants. In order to maintain the ecological balance, all animals need to be protected. But the bee has – besides the known reasons like climate change and intensive agriculture – to fight against a real enemy: the Varroa mite. This parasite, which originates from Southeast Asia, is another cause of domestic bee mortality.
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