Wednesday, 20 November 2002

This presentation is part of : Display Presentations, Subsection Cb. Apiculture and Social Insects

Response of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida Murray) to honey bee (Apis mellifera L.)- and beehive-produced volatiles

Alonso Suazo-Calix, Baldwyn Torto, Peter E. A. Teal, and James H. Tumlinson. USDA-ARS-CMAVE, Insect chemistry unit, 1600-1700 SW 23rd Drive, Gainesville, FL

The response of male and female Small Hive Beetle (SHB), Aethina tumida, to air-borne volatiles from adult worker bees, (Apis mellifera L.), pollen, unprocessed honey, beeswax, wax byproducts ("slumgum"), and bee brood, was investigated in olfactometric and flight-tunnel choice bioassays. In both bioassay systems, males and females responded strongly to the volatiles from worker bees, freshly collected pollen and slumgum but not to those from commercially available pollen, beeswax and bee brood. The response to pollen volatiles was dose dependent, while response to volatiles from worker bees increased with both the number and age of the bees. Females were more responsive than males to the different volatile sources, with the differential response being greater in tests with unprocessed honey. In flight-tunnel choice tests, Super Q-trapped volatiles from worker bees elicited a response comparable to the response to living workers, while trapped volatiles from other sources were not attractive.

Species 1: Coleoptera Nitidulidae Aethina tumida (small hive beetle)
Species 2: Hymenoptera Apidae Apis mellifera (honey bee)
Keywords: hive volatiles, insect response

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