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The small hive beetle Aethina tumida: A review of its biology and control measures

Author(s): Andrew G. S. CUTHBERTSON et al

Journal: Current Zoology
ISSN 1674-5507

Volume: 59;
Issue: 5;
Start page: 644;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: Aethina tumida | pesticides | biological control | population development | honey bees

The small hive beetle Aethina tumida is an endemic parasitic pest and scavenger of colonies of social bees indigenous to sub-Saharan Africa. In this region this species rarely inflicts severe damage on strong colonies since the bees have develo­­ped strategies to combat them. However, A. tumida has since ‘escaped’ from its native home and has recently invaded areas such as North America and Australia where its economic impact on the apiculture industry has been significant. Small hive beetle, should it become established within Europe, represents a real and live threat to the UK bee keeping industry. Here we review the biology and current pest status of A. tumida and up to-date research in terms of both chemical and biological control used against this honey bee pest [Current Zoology 59 (5): 644–653, 2013].

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