Tropilaelaps: An Exotic Threat to UK Honey Bees – June 2011

Apis dorsata, the natural host of Tropilaelaps species

Apis dorsata, the natural host of Tropilaelaps species

TROPILAELAPS MITES are parasites of honey bee brood. Four species have been documented (T clareae, T koenigerum, T thaii and T mercedesae), all of which use the giant Asian honey bee, Apis dorsata, as their natural host. However, it is now known that two of these, T clareae and T mercedesae, also utilise the Western honey bee, Apis mellifera

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