Distribution. Canada: Nova Scotia, Ontario; Chile; Italy (type locality), England; Germany; former Czechoslovakia; Russia; Australia; New Zeland (Berlese, 1918; Casanueva, 1992; Crozier, 1989; Davis and MacRory, 1987; Delfinado-Baker, 1994; Evans and Till, 1966; Gibbins and Toor, 1990; Grobov, 1975; Knihinicki and Halliday, 1995; Samšiňák et al., 1978; Vitzthum, 1930).
Biology. Found in beehives of the European honey bee, Apis mellifera or on bees. Serological procedures demonstrated that this mite is not a parasite or predator, but rather a scavenger of pollen in the hives (Gibbins and Toor, 1990).