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

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Giles Budge


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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.

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Author(s): Cuthbertson AGS, Wakefield ME, Powell ME, Marris G, Anderson H, Budge GE, Mathers JJ, Blackburn LF, Brown MA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Current Zoology

Year: 2013

Volume: 59

Issue: 5

Pages: 644–653

Print publication date: 01/10/2013

Online publication date: 25/11/2015

ISSN (print): 1674-5507

ISSN (electronic): 2396-9814

Publisher: Oxford University Press


DOI: 10.1093/czoolo/59.5.644


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