Small hive beetle, Aethina tumida, populations I: Infestation levels of honeybee colonies, apiaries and regions

@article{Spiewok2011SmallHB,
  title={Small hive beetle, Aethina tumida, populations I: Infestation levels of honeybee colonies, apiaries and regions},
  author={Sebastian Spiewok and Jeff S. Pettis and M. Duncan and Robert Neil Spooner-Hart and David Westervelt and Peter Neumann},
  journal={Apidologie},
  year={2011},
  volume={38},
  pages={595-605}
}
The small hive beetle (SHB) is a parasite and scavenger of honeybee colonies. Here we provide the first comprehensive systematic data on colony infestation levels with adult SHB for 226 colonies at 31 apiaries in South Africa, Australia, Florida and Maryland. Inside colonies, SHB distribution was influenced by the presence of bees with more SHB in the brood nest in the absence of bees. SHB distribution among colonies at an apiary was different from a random distribution but colony phenotypes… CONTINUE READING