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Small hive beetle

Scientific Name
Aethina tumida
Scientific Author
(Murray)
Taxonomy
(Coleoptera: Nitidulidae: Nitidulinae)
Status
Exotic Species Outbreak in Australia
Reliability
High
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Queensland. Palmwood, 19 May 2004, C. Smith, in bee hive
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Simon Hinkley & Ken Walker Museum Victoria
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Diagnostic Notes

Adults are broad, flattened beetles about 5.7 mm long, 3.2 mm wide and dark brown to nearly black in color. Adults are red just after pupation and soon thereafter become blackish. They move rapidly across comb and are difficult to pick up. The larvae are elongate, whitish grubs with rows of small spines along the back. Larvae look superficially like wax moth larvae, but the legs of beetle larvae are larger, more pronounced, and restricted to near the head. Beetle larvae do not spin webs or cocoons in the bee hive but rather pupate in the soil outside the hive. Pupae are whitish brown.

 

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Author
Walker, K.
Created
24/01/2006 12:22 AEST
Last Updated
01/06/2009 15:04 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2006) Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) Updated on 6/1/2009 3:04:29 PM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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Free for use under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License

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