Varroa and wax moth larva become comfortably numb

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  1. Americasbeekeeper

    Americasbeekeeper New Member

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    The Bite of the Honeybee: 2-Heptanone Secreted from Honeybee Mandibles during a Bite Acts as a Local Anesthetic in Insects and Mammals
    Honeybees secrete 2-heptanone (2-H) from their mandibular glands when they bite. 2-H is a local anesthetic effective against wax moth larva (WML) and Varroa mites, which are paralyzed after a honeybee bite. Honeybees can use 2-H for defense, to paralyze invaders that are too small to sting.
    http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0047432
     
  2. Zulu

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    Gary that is a great paper.

    maybe we see more interest in bees from big pharma now...
     

  3. Americasbeekeeper

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    What about my Pink Floyd song reference?
    As long as they do not raise to dissect bees.
    Thank you
     
  4. PerryBee

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    So if I read that right Gary, when 2-H was applied topically in the same dosage provided by a honey bee, the mites were temporarily paralyzed, but but when applied topically in a higher dosage the mites never recovered.
    Makes you wonder if the possibility of a "contact" application would not have similar results, without any harm to the honey bee?
     
  5. Americasbeekeeper

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    If you ever wondered why I search the research every day, you are on track Perry.
    I just hope druggies don't start stealing hives for the anesthetic high.
     
  6. Marbees

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    Gary, I was nodding, but you couldn't see:lol:

    As you said, as long as they do not raise to dissect bees....
    Hope not, but again imagine all the $$$$$$$ Vita Europe could make selling anesthetics to ....
    Since they paid for research, they patented findings...... Again, hope not...
     
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    Always something new I am discovering about these amazing creatures. Thanks for sharing...
     
  8. hlhart2001

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    Interesting...I like the idea of the mites never recovering:)