Infestation of honey bees with Tropilaelaps spp.

Last Modified: Fri, 09 Jun 2023 12:44:48 IST
Disease name Infestation of honey bees with Tropilaelaps spp.
Animal Health Law Category if applicable E, D
Species affected Bee
Description The mites in the genus Tropilaelaps are parasites of honey bee brood. Feeding on bee larvae and pupae causes brood malformation, death of bees and subsequent colony decline or absconding. Development requires about 1 week, and the mites are dispersed on bees. There are at least four species in the genus Tropilaelaps. Each species is closely associated with a particular giant honey bee in Asia.
Status in Ireland Absent
Date of Last known case of disease in Ireland Unknown
DAFM Division Responsible Ag Horticulture and Plant Health
Contact Rachel Wisdom;
Link to relevant external website
Notifiable in Ireland Yes
WOAH Listed Yes