Bee Mites : Acari : Acariformes : Trombidiformes : Erythraeidae : Leptus
Leptus ariel Southcott, 1989
Leptus ariel Southcott, 1989: 124, Figs 3-5; Southcott, 1992: 29; Haitlinger, 1999: 156.
Leptus sp. Wilson et al., 1987: 853.
Apis mellifera Linnaeus, 1758 (Hymenoptera: Apidae) (type host)
Eumolpinae (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) (Haitlinger, 1999; Southcott, 1989).
Distribution. Guatemala (type locality); Peru (Haitlinger, 1999; Southcott, 1989).
Biology. Larvae were found attached to the hind femur, front head, and first metasomal tergite of the European honeybee Apis mellifera L. (Hymenoptera: Apidae). Since no adult mites were seen in the bee brood, it was assumed that mite propagation occurs outside the hive. The larval mites may have gained initial contact with the host while the bees were foraging on floral parts or while standing on moist soil investigating water. Observations within the hive did not reveal any obvious damage to the adult bees (Southcott, 1989; Wilson et al., 1987). Haltinger (1999) reported this species on a chrysomelid beetle in Peru.
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Created: April 27, 2012