The discovery sparked the collection of mites infesting populations of the natural host -- Asian hive bees -- from Japan, Korea, Nepal, Vietnam, China, Thailand, India, Sri-Lanka, the Philippines and the Malaysian and Indonesian archipelagos.
destructor on Asian hive bees from mainland Asia,' Anderson says.
A honey-making insect known as the Asian hive bee
, Apis cerana, has surprised and puzzled scientists.
They spin a cocoon within the cell and the hive bees
cover the cell with a breathable form of beeswax, brown, the color of shopping bag paper.
This nectar is given to the hive bees
who swallow it and then regurgitate it into the comb.