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Small Hive Beetle

SHB adultThe Small Hive Beetle (SHB) is a member of the family Nitidulidae that are mainly scavenging beetles. Until 1998 it had never been found outside of its native location, Africa where it is only a minor pest. However, after inadvertent introduction into Florida, USA it has proved a very serious pest.

SHB was detected in South West Italy in September 2014. Its occurrence is limited to an area in North West Calabria region and one single apiary outbreak in Sicily (last data February 2015). Up to date information on the current distribution are available on the Italian National Reference Laboratory website and European Union Reference Laboratory website.

More about Small Hive Beetle from Bee Craft:

Safeguarding against small hive beetle. Bee Craft, January 2005

Contingency Planning for the Small Hive Beetle. Bee Craft, June 2012

Small Hive Beetle Confirmed in Italy. News from the NBU September 2014

Small Hive Beetle – the situation so far. Bee Craft, February 2015

Bee Craft Hangout November 2014, Managing Small Hive Beetle