One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A disease of bees that is caused by a parasitic mite.
The mite is Acarapis woodi, order (or subclass) Acari
- ‘The island is the place of origin of Acarine Disease, formerly known as Isle of Wight disease, a rapidly spreading ailment that is responsible for the deaths of hundreds of bees a year.’
So named because it was first observed in the Isle of Wight in 1904.
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