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Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida)

Last Modified: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:33:38 IST
Disease name Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida)
Animal Health Law Category if applicable
Species affected Bee
Definition The small hive beetle, Aethina tumida Murray 1867 (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae), is a parasite and scavenger of honey bee colonies. Adult and larvae small hive beetles feed on honey bee brood, honey and pollen, thus causing brood death, fermentation of honey and comb destruction. The beetles can promote structural collapse of the nest and cause the adult honey bees to abscond.
Status in Ireland
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland
DAFM Division Responsible Ag Horticulture and Plant Health
Contact Gabriel Roe SI/Ted Massey AI
Link to relevant external website
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