SMALL HIVE BEETLE FACTS
The Small Hive Beetle is a small flattened oval shaped beetle. It is dark brown to black. Adults are reddish when they emerge from the pupa but soon darken. Larvae are small white grubs with a ridge of spine along the back. The beetle is an introduced exotic pest species in Australia where it is a destructive pest in honey bee colonies.
length 6mm, width 3mm
The beetle larvae tunnel through honey combs feeding on honey. Their waste can discolour and ferment the honey.
|Common Name:||Small Hive Beetle|