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  Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida)





Small Hive Beetle | Aethina tumida photo
Small Hive Beetle

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SMALL HIVE BEETLE FACTS

Identification
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.

Size
length 6mm, width 3mm

Food
The beetle larvae tunnel through honey combs feeding on honey. Their waste can discolour and ferment the honey.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Nitidulidae
Genus:Aethina
Species:tumida
Common Name:Small Hive Beetle