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Volume 25, Number 3, 1994
Page(s) 327 - 330
Apidologie 25 (1994) 327-330
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19940308

Repeated egg laying by females of the parasitic honeybee mite Tropilaelaps clareae Delfinado and Baker

J. 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