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small hive beetle larva (Aethina tumida)

small hive beetle larva (Aethina tumida)

Small hive beetles (Aethina tumida), larva shown here, can cause millions of dollars in damage annually to honey bee hives. Native to sub-Saharan Africa and first observed in Florida in 1998, this invasive species feeds on honey bee eggs and larvae as well as the honeycomb and pollen. Larval frass results in increased growth of a fungus that causes fermentation and creates a slimy substance in the hive. (Photo by Morgan Roth, Virginia Cooperative Extension)

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