Tropilaelaps spp.

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Tropilaelaps spp. (Mesostigmata; Laelapidae) - T. clareae belongs to the tracheal mites and naturally infests A. dorsata colonies. T. clareae is not able to life longer than a few days on adult honey bees, but they are able to infest up to 90% of the brood. [1] The infestation of T. clareae on A. mellifera colonies leads to severe damage, that are similar to those of Varroa destructor. [2] Besides T. clarae, other tropilaelaps species, namely T. mercedesae and T. koenigerum' are native to Asia. [3]

Ethiopia: There is no information about a possible presence of Tropilaelaps spp. in Ethiopia.

Indonesia: Tropilaelaps spp. is present in Indonesia, but there is no data about dangerousness, nor treatment, indicating that Tropilaelaps represents a negligible risk in Indonesia. [2] [4]


  1. Crane, E. (1990). Bees and beekeeping: science, practice, and world resources. Ithaca, N.Y.: Comstock Pub. Associates.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Oldroyd, B. P., & Nanork, P. (2009). Conservation of Asian honey bees. Apidologie, 40(3), 296–312.
  3. Denis, L., Anderson, D. L., & Morgan, M. J. (2007). Genetic and morphological variation of bee-parasitic Tropilaelaps mites (Acari: Laelapidae): new and re-defined species. Exp Appl Acarol, 43, 1-24.
  4. Ellis, J. D., & Munn, P. A. (2005). The worldwide health status of honey bees. Bee World, 86(4), 88–101.