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The Small Hive Beetle: A New Pest of Honey Bees
James E. Tew
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Publication Date: 03/10/2001

The small hive beetle (Aethina tumida Murray) is a recently discovered pest to honey bees in the United States. The small hive beetle (SHB), originally from South Africa, has established itself in some honey bee colonies in various southeastern, midwestern, and northeastern states. The small hive beetle appears to be primarily a pest of stored equipment—especially full honey supers awaiting extraction. Within a state where the beetle has become established, this pest is a problem in some areas while being of little consequence in others.