Small hive beetle

The small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) stands as a significant threat, capable of wreaking havoc within honeybee hives. Originating from sub-Saharan Africa, this invasive species has spread its wings to various continents, challenging beekeepers worldwide.

The small hive beetle infiltrates colonies, causing damage to honeycombs, pollen, and even honey stores. Their rapid reproduction rates and ability to evade bee defenses make them a formidable adversary, often leading to weakened colonies, contaminated honey, and economic losses for beekeepers.

Understanding the life cycle, behavior, and effective management strategies against Aethina tumida is crucial for beekeepers striving to protect their hives and ensure the vitality of their beekeeping operations. In this exploration, we delve into the intricacies of this tiny yet significant threat, aiming to equip beekeepers with the knowledge needed to safeguard their precious pollinators.