A. woodi

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Acarapis woodi (Acari; Tarsonemidae) belongs to the tracheal mites and is known to infest young adult honey bees and nourish on their haemolymph. It has been shown, that the presence of A. woodi negatively affects the life span of bees. Crane (1990) claimed that the infestation rate of A. woodi is correlated with the quality of the beekeeping and the richness of melliferous plants in the environment. [1]

Ethiopia: There is information on the presence of A. woodi, but none on the dangerousness of the parasite on African (i.e. Ethiopian) honey bee colonies. [2]

Indonesia: According to Ellis and Munn (2005) A. woodi is expected to be absent in Indonesia, due to limited investigations made with negative results. [3]


  1. Crane, E. (1990). Bees and beekeeping: science, practice, and world resources. Ithaca, N.Y.: Comstock Pub. Associates.
  2. Pirk, C. W. W., Strauss, U., Yusuf, A. A., Démares, F., & Human, H. (2015). Honeybee health in Africa—a review. Apidologie, 47(3), 276–300.
  3. Ellis, J. D., & Munn, P. A. (2005). The worldwide health status of honey bees. Bee World, 86(4), 88–101.