Trophic habits of Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae): their adaptive significance and relevance to dispersal.

@article{Arbogast2009TrophicHO,
  title={Trophic habits of Aethina tumida (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae): their adaptive significance and relevance to dispersal.},
  author={Richard T. Arbogast and Baldwyn Torto and Steve Willms and Peter E. A. Teal},
  journal={Environmental entomology},
  year={2009},
  volume={38 3},
  pages={561-8}
}
Aethina tumida Murray is an African native that has become an important pest of honey bee colonies in North America and Australia. Adults and larvae feed on pollen, honey, and brood in bee hives. The beetle is also able to feed and reproduce on fresh or rotting fruit, but natural occurrence on this diet has rarely been observed. We compared the reproductive success-as measured by progeny production, weight of progeny, developmental rate, and survival of immature stages-of beetles reared on… CONTINUE READING
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