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Abstract

How to catch a small beetle: top tips for visually screening honey bee colonies for small hive beetles.

Abstract

This paper provides tips for screening colonies for small hive beetles (SHBs; Aethina tumida). First, the focus is on beetle behaviour and appearance, followed by notes to the observer. No screening method is beetle-proof. Studies have shown that visual screening combined with in hive traps can be used effectively for SHB diagnosis of honey bee colonies. It is important to remember that the untrained eye will be less likely to identify SHBs and also may lack the skills to anticipate its behaviour. It is recommended to gain experience with SHB field diagnostics.