DMPF is an active metabolite in amitraz, commonly used in hives to suppress varroa mite. Sophia performed necropsies on bee samples from across the US and compared patterns in DMPF concentrations in comb wax to 19 pathophysiological traits. She discovered potential associations with honey bee organs such as Malpighian tubules, rectum, sting gland, and venom sac, suggesting possible effects of DMPF on colony health.
It has been wonderful having Sophia in the Entomology Honors Program. We wish her all the best in her future pursuits!