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).

Cross, E. A., J. C. Moser & G. Rack. 1981. Some new forms of Pyemotes (Acarina: Pyemotidae) from forest insects, with remarks on polymorphism. International Journal of Acarology.7: 179-196.
Cross, E. A. & J. S. Moser. 1975. A new, dimorphic species of Pyemotes and a key to previously-described forms (Acarina: Tarsonemoidea). Annals of the Entomological Society of America.68: 723-732.
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.
Krczal, H. 1957. Sytstematik und Ökologie der Pyemotiden. In Sytstematik und Ökologie Mitteleuropäischer Acarina. 1(1). ed. H.-J. Stammer, 385-823. Leipzig: Akademissche Verlaggesellschaft.



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