Journal of Apicultural Science

Acaro-entomological contaminations of propolis (introductory observations)

Journal of Apicultural Science. Volume 46, Issue 1, Pages 17-23, ISSN (Print) 1643-4439
Propolis was scraped from various parts of beehives (bars, frames, walls, floorboards) and collected from special propolis traps installed inside hives (double queen excluders); some material was picked up also from beehive debris. Macro- and microscopical analyses of samples show that majority of them were contaminated and infested with various arthropods, mainly with mite and insect species commonly known as stored product pests and invaders of bee hives. The most numerous of mites were Glycyphagus domesticus (De Geer), Carpoglyphus lactis (L.), Tyrophagus longior (Gerv.), Acarus spp. and some other acaroid species belonging to families Acaridae and Glycyphagidae. Among insects very frequent were Achroia grisella (Fabr.), Galleria mellonella (L.), Tribolium madens Charp., Dermestes lardarius L., psocids (Psocoptera) and other inhabitants of bee hives. Almost all of the propolis samples were also contaminated with dead bees and their body fragments.
arthropods, contaminations, insects, mites, pests, propolis
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