Small Hive Beetle Aethina tumida Murray 1867Non-native  

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One of the banes of bee keepers, Aethina tumida. Small things, about the size of half an eraser head. These beetles smell like bees and even sometimes get fed by bees. It is not the adults that are the problem to the bee keeper it is the bad habits of the babies. Once in the hive, they are hard to get out of the hive or to eliminate without eliminating the bees too. Thanks to transportation these beetles traveled from their native Africa and now are found throughout North America (Sam Droege, pers. comm.).

There are 3 records in the project database.

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A Small Hive Beetle collected by Francisco Posada in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/25/2017). Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A Small Hive Beetle in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/25/2017). Collected by Francisco Posada. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)

A Small Hive Beetle larva in Prince George's Co., Maryland (5/26/2017). Collected by Francisco Posada. Photo by USGS PWRC. (MBP list)


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