Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida Murray (Insecta: Coleoptera: Nitidulidae)
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Ellis, James D., and Amanda Ellis. 2010. “Small Hive Beetle, Aethina Tumida Murray (Insecta: Coleoptera: Nitidulidae): EENY-474/IN854, 6/2010”. EDIS 2010 (4). Gainesville, FL.


EENY-474, a 5-page illustrated fact sheet by James D. Ellis and Amanda Ellis, is part of the Featured Creatures collection. It describes this small beetle native to sub-Saharan Africa, which can cause considerable damage to colonies of European honey bees outside of its host range — distribution, description, life cycle, economic importance, and management. Includes references. Published by the UF Department of Entomology and Nematology, June 2010.

EENY-474/IN854: Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida Murray (Insecta: Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) (
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