Short Communication

Experimental & Applied Acarology

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 299-302

First online:

Honey bees as carriers of lychee erinose miteEriophyes litchii (Acari: Eriophyiidae)

  • G. K. WaiteAffiliated withMaroochy Horticultural Research Station
  • , J. D. McAlpineAffiliated withMaroochy Horticultural Research Station

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Up to 23% of honey bees (Apis mellifera Linnaeus) collected from flowering lychee trees, severely infested with the lychee erinose mite (Eriophyes litchii Keifer), were found to be carrying live mites which were picked up as the bees foraged. This method of lychee erinose mite dispersal is discussed in the context of periodic records of “spontaneous infestation” of lychee flower panicles from previously uninfested orchards.