Repeated egg laying by females of the parasitic honeybee mite Tropilaelaps clareae Delfinado and BakerJ. Woyke
Institute of Apicultural Research, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Science, Xiang Shan, Beijing, China
Abstract - T clareae females were collected from pupae with dark eyes. At this time the old females had finished egg laying, and the young ones were in early development stages. A few days later, the old females were mated and introduced into sealed cells with spinning bee larvae. After 5-8 d, the cells were opened and examined. A total of 18.5% of T clareae females were found gravid or with offspring.
Key words: Tropilaelaps clareae / egg laying / honeybee mite / parasite