Small Hive Beetle

Small Hive Beetle

On 25 July 2016 Aethina tumida adults have been confirmed in an unregistered apiary located in the municipality of Grimaldi in the province of Cosenza. Subsequently, three other apiaries of the same unregistered beekeeper were found infested in the same municipality of Grimaldi and in the municipality of Altilia (in this case both adults and larvae were found).

Infested apiaries are located about 100 km from the protection zone of Gioia Tauro established in September 2014 following the first discovery of small hive beetle. The Ministry of Health has issued instructions for the destruction of the infested apiaries, the clinical inspections of hives present in a kilometre radius, the establishment of a protection zone of 10 km radius.