: any of a genus (Varroa) of parasitic Asian mites that suck the hemolymph of honeybees and their larvae; especially : one (V. destructor) of worldwide distribution that is a serious pest of the European honeybee
This is an important pest. It will wipe out a hive in a couple of years. Honeybee pollination contributes to over 80% of products in the grocery store. 70% of hives were lost last year. Varroa is one important cause of bee colony loss.
This is a big deal for our food supply.
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