Occurrence of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) in Melipona rufiventris colonies in Brazil

Authors

  • Sérgio Nogueira Pereira Secretaria de Estado de Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento do Rio de Janeiro (SEAPA-RJ). Defesa Agropecuária. Coordenadoria de Defesa Sanitária Animal. Niteroi – RJ, Brasil. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9459-2531
  • Luis Henrique Soares Alves Centro Universitário de Valença (UNIFAA). Valença -RJ, Brasil. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-3708-4052
  • Renata Falcão Rabello da Costa Secretaria de Estado de Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento do Rio de Janeiro (SEAPA-RJ). Defesa Agropecuária. Coordenadoria de Defesa Sanitária Animal. Niteroi – RJ, Brasil. http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7881-0319
  • Fábio Prezoto Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF). Departamento de Zoologia, Laboratório de ecologia comportamental e bioacústica (LABEC). Juíz de Fora -MG, Brasil http://orcid.org/0000-0003-1179-9279
  • Erica Weinstein Teixeira Laboratório Especializado de Sanidade Apícola (LASA)/Instituto Biológico/APTA/SAA-SP, Pindamonhangaba, SP, Brazil. http://orcid.org/0000-0003-2141-0650

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v68i1.6021

Keywords:

Nitidulidae, Meliponini, invasive pest, pollinator

Abstract

Several traits make stingless bees attractive to parasites of honey bee colonies. The small hive beetle (SHB) Aethina tumida, a honey bee colony scavenger/parasite native to sub-Saharan Africa, where is considered only a minor pest, is now present on almost all continents, including the Latin America region in South America. SHB has been recorded in Brazil since 2016 in Africanized honey bees and generaly the beetle does not seem cause negative impacts. European honey bees, on the other hand, suffer considerable damage when parasitized by SHB, suggesting a potential threat to other susceptible social bees. The present study reports the first occurrence of SHB in stingless bees in Brazil, and is an alert to authorities and stingless beekeepers to prevent infestations.

Author Biography

Erica Weinstein Teixeira, Laboratório Especializado de Sanidade Apícola (LASA)/Instituto Biológico/APTA/SAA-SP, Pindamonhangaba, SP, Brazil.

Centro de Pesquisa de Sanidade Animal

Pesquisador Científico VI

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2021-03-03

How to Cite

Pereira, S. N., Alves, L. H. S., Costa, R. F. R. da, Prezoto, F., & Teixeira, E. W. (2021). Occurrence of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) in Melipona rufiventris colonies in Brazil. Sociobiology, 68(1), e6021. https://doi.org/10.13102/sociobiology.v68i1.6021

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