Managing Small Hive Beetle

Please watch our Hangout about managing Small Hive Beetle. We hope you enjoy it and it helps you understand how to manage Small Hive Beetle. Our thanks to Jamie Ellis of the University of Florida for his time explaining the situation and why we shouldn’t be worrying too much.

Extension Documents (ones most used by beekeepers in the U.S., with additional ones developed in the UK and Australia):

1) Managing Small Hive Beetles –

2) Handbook of Small Hive Beetle IPM –

3) eXtension website on SHBs –

4) The small hive beetle, a serious threat to European apiculture – (click on the link to the document around the middle of the page).

5) Small hive beetle, Aethina tumida Murray (Insecta: Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) –

6) A video my team made on small hive beetles – (scroll down and click on “small hive beetle” – this one is being translated into Italian and posted online.)

7) Small hive beetle management options –

Refereed Reviews of small hive beetles (in reverse chronological order):

1.       Neumann, P., Evans, J.D., Pettis, J.S., Pirk, C.W.W., Schäfer,  M.O., Tanner, G., Ellis, J.D. 2013. Standard methods for small hive beetle research. V. Dietemann; J.D. Ellis, P. Neumann (Eds) The COLOSS BEEBOOK, Volume II: standard methods for Apis mellifera pest and pathogen research. Journal ofApicultural Research, 52(4): 32 pp.

2.       Cuthbertson, A.G.S., Wakefield, M.E., Powell, M.E., Marris, G., Anderson, H., Budge, G.E., Mathers, J.J., Blackburn, L.F., Brown, M.A. 2013. The small hive beetle Aethina tumida: A review of its biology and control measures. Current Zoology 59(5): 644-653.

3.       Neumann, P., Ellis, J.D. 2008. The small hive beetle (Aethina tumida Murray, Coleoptera: Nitidulidae): distribution, biology and control of an invasive species. Journal of Apicultural Research 47(3): 181-183.

4.       Ellis, J.D., Hepburn, H.R. 2006. An ecological digest of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida), a symbiont in honey bee colonies (Apis mellifera). Insectes Sociaux 53: 8-19.

5.       Ellis, J.D. 2005. Reviewing the confinement of small hive beetles (Aethina tumida) by western honey bees (Apis mellifera). Bee World 86(3): 56-62.

6.       Hood, W.M. 2004. The small hive beetle, Aethina tumida: a review. Bee World 85(3): 51-59.

7.       Neumann, P., Elzen, P.J. 2004. The biology of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida, Coleoptera: Nitidulidae): Gaps in our knowledge of an invasive species. Apidologie 35(3): 229 – 247.

8.       Hood, W.M. 2000. Overview of the small hive beetle, Aethina tumida, in North America. Bee World 81(3): 129-137.

Book Chapters:

1.       Ellis, J.D. 2012. Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) contributions to colony losses. In: Honey Bee Colony Health: Challenges and Sustainable Solutions (Sammataro and Yoder, eds.).CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, Boca Raton, Florida, USA. pg. 135 – 144. – document attached to this email.

2.       2013. Small hive beetle infestation (Aethina tumida). In: Volume 1: Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals, 7th Ed. 6 pp. online at:

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