Honey bees as carriers of lychee erinose mite Eriophyes litchii (Acari: Eriophyiidae)
Cite this article as: Waite, G.K. & McAlpine, J.D. Exp Appl Acarol (1992) 15: 299. doi:10.1007/BF01246570 Abstract
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. References
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