Acarapis (genus)

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Acarapis woodi (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): USDA - ARS
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Acarapis Hirst, 1921

The genus contains 3 species of mites parasitic to honey bees. Economically the most important one being the tracheal mite which lives inside the trachea of adult bees. The other species are external parasites.

The adults are very small, between 0.1 to 0.2 mm and pear-shaped with 4 pairs of legs and characteristically arranged setae. Species are often identified by their position on the body of the bees.

Type species: Acarapis woodi

Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: