KEEPING SMALL HIVE BEETLES OUT OF TETRAGONULA* HIVES
*Previously called Trigona - Why was their name changed?
Keeping Small Hive Beetles Out of Stingless Bee Hives
Video Footage by Ric Wade of Murwillumbah, NSW
A hive of stingless bees owned by Ric Wade suffered a massive attack from South African Small Hive Beetles. These destructive beetles can cause serious damage to a newly boxed or split hive.
This video was produced from footage that Ric Wade sent Aussie Bee. It includes graphic video of the damage done by these beetles and close up views of how Ric protected his hive.
Ric managed to save his bees through some very dedicated hard work and by engineering a precise beetle-excluding mesh for his hive. Ric has kindly presented full details of his hive protection system in Aussie Bee Online Article 18.