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Varroa destructor mite, dorsal and ventral views

Varroa destructor mite, dorsal and ventral views

The ventral (bottom) view of Varroa destructor shows its legs (I), mouth and feeding parts, which are collectively called the gnathosoma (III), and numerous hairs called setae (IV), while the dorsal (top) view shows its dorsal shield (II). (Photos by Noble Noble, Ph.D., University of Florida)

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