Tropilaelaps mercedesae

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Tropilaelaps mercedesae - female (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Ken Walker, Museum Victoria
Source: PaDIL

Tropilaelaps mercedesae Anderson & Morgan, 2007

The mite is similar to, and often confused with Tropilaelaps clareae. It parasitizes honeybee broods in Asia and can cause brood mortality and colony decline. The mites are much smaller than varroa mites but have a higher reproductive rate and shorter life cycle and can outcompete varroa mites.