Bee Mites : Acari : Acariformes : Trombidiformes : Pyemotidae : Pyemotes
Pyemotes anobii Krczal, 1957
Pyemotes anobii Krczal, 1957: 444, Figs. 22-2; Cross and Moser, 1975: 724; Cross et al., 1981: 182.
Hosts. Originally described from a culture of Anobium punctatum (De Geer, 1774) (Coleoptera: Anobiidae), also reproduced on pupae and larvae of Sitophilus granarius (Linnaeus, 1758) and Sitophilus oryzae (Linnaeus, 1763) (Curculionidae) in Germany (Krczal, 1957). In the United States it was found on Phloeotribus dentifrons (Blackman, 1921) (Scolytidae), Agrilus lecontei Saunders 1871 (Buprestidae), and Apis mellifera (Hymenoptera: Apidae) (Cross and Moser, 1975).
Eickwort (1988) suggested that records of P. venticosus attacking honeybees may refer to Pyemotes anobii, see Notes for Pyemotes venticosus.
Distribution. USA: California, Georgia, Louisiana; Germany (type locality); Denmark (Krczal, 1957; Cross and Moser, 1975).
Biology. Found parasitizing larvae of a range of Coleopteran hosts (see below), also found in a colony of the European honeybee Apis mellifera in the United States (California) (Cross and Moser, 1975).
Eickwort, G. C. 1990. Mites: An Overview. In Honey Bee Pests, Predators and Diseases, 2nd edition, eds. R. Morse & R. Nowogrodzki, 188-199. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
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Created: April 27, 2012