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Species Aethina tumida - Small Hive Beetle

Nitidulid - Aethina tumida Small Hive Beetle - Aethina tumida Small Hive Beetle? - Aethina tumida Aethina tumida Murray - Aethina tumida Aethina tumida or Amphicrossus ciliatus - Aethina tumida Aethina tumida Aethina tumida Small hive beetle - Aethina tumida
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
No Taxon (Nitidulid series)
Family Nitidulidae (Sap-feeding Beetles)
Subfamily Nitidulinae
Tribe Nitidulini
Genus Aethina
Species tumida (Small Hive Beetle)
Other Common Names
Explanation of Names
Aethina tumida Murray 1867
adult 5-7 mm, fully grown larva 10-11 mm(1)
e. US (TX-FL-PA-WI) - Map (2)(3) + CA(1), native to Southern Africa, adventive in NA
Woodland and forest habitats
Life Cycle
pest of bee hives, first detected in NA in FL (1998)(2)
Print References
Ellis JD. 2005. Reviewing the confinement of small hive beetles (Aethina tumida) by western honey bees (Apis mellifera). Bee World 86: 56-62.
Ellis JD, Hepburn HR. 2006. An ecological digest of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida), a symbiont in honey bee colonies (Apis mellifera). Insectes Sociaux 53: 8-19.
Elzen PJ, Neumann P. 2004. The biology of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida, Murray): Gaps in our knowledge of an invasive species. Apidologie 35: 229-247.
Hood WM. 2004. The small hive beetle, Aethina tumida: A review. Bee World 85: 51-59.
Internet References
fact sheets: Featured Creatures, PaDIL(4)