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Volume 27, Number 6, 1996
Page(s) 467 - 471
Apidologie 27 (1996) 467-471
DOI: 10.1051/apido:19960605

Prevalence of parasitization by Diptera in Apis mellifera L in southern Spain

F.J. Orantes Bermejo, A. González Megías and P. García Fernández

Departamento de Producción Animal, Centro de Investigacón y Desarrollo Agrario, Camino de Purchil s/n, 18004 Granada, Spain

Abstract - Two hundred and two samples of bees from 35 beehives distributed among 12 apiaries were analysed. They were collected between October 1990 and October 1992 in southern Spain. The thoraxes of 25 bees taken from each sample were examined individually (5 050 in total) to look for diptera larvae (myiasis). Twenty-four fly larvae were discovered in the anterior dorsal part of the bees' thoraxes. The flies were widely distributed throughout southern Spain although honeybee infestations reached a low rate of incidence (0.48%), mainly in July.

Key words: Apimyasis / parasitism / Senotainia sp / Apis mellifera L / Spain