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Aethina tumida in Italy: updates

Aethina tumida in Italy: updates

Posted: 18 September 2015 Last update: 16 May 2017

Small hive beetle (SHB – Aethina tumida), a pest of honey bee colonies, is alien to the European Union and can cause significant damage to the beehive from destruction of combs to fermentation of honey and colony loss.

On 25 July 2016 Aethina tumida adults have been confirmed (see for details) 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.

On 11 September 2014 the National reference centre for beekeeping of the Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie confirmed the first detection of small hive bee in a bait trap in the town of Gioia Tauro, in the province of Reggio Calabria. On 7 November, 2014 , the national reference centre for beekeeping reported the first case of Aethina tumida in the province of Siracusa in Sicily.

Complete, more updated information on the epidemiological situation of small hive beetle in Italy, in addition to ministerial statements and further useful material on the problem, can be found below.

Epidemiological situation

2017201620152014

2017

Current epidemiological situation

  • Table 1: confirmed cases of Aethina tumida in Calabria and Sicily
  • Table 2: positive sentinel honey bee nuclei
  • Figure 1: Calabria protection area (30 km radius)
  • Figure 2: protection zone (area of 10 km radius from the first Aethina tumida infested apiary in the province of Cosenza, Calabria region)
  • Figure 3: Sicily protection area (10 km radius)
  • Figure 4: area of 100 km radius from the first Aethina tumida infested apiary in the province of Cosenza, Calabria region

EU Regulation

  • Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2017/370 of 1 March 2017 amending Commission Implementing Decision 2014/909/EU by extending the period of application of certain protective measures and amending the list of areas subject to protective measures in relation to small hive beetle in Italy | PDF

2016

Final epidemiological situation

  • Table 1: confirmed cases of Aethina tumida in Calabria and Sicily
  • Table 2: positive sentinel honey bee nuclei
  • Figure 1: Calabria protection area (20 km radius)
  • Figure 2: protection zone (area of 10 km radius from the first Aethina tumida infested apiary in the province of Cosenza, Calabria region)
  • Figure 3: area of 1 km radius from the first Aethina tumida infested apiary in the province of Cosenza, Calabria region
  • Figure 4: Sicily protection area (10 km radius)
  • Figure 5: area of 100 km radius from the first Aethina tumida infested apiary in the province of Cosenza, Calabria region

 

2015

Final epidemiological situation

  • Table 1: confirmed cases of Aethina tumida in Calabria e Sicily
  • Table 2: positive sentinel honey bee nuclei
  • Figure 1: Calabria protection area (20 km radius)
  • Figure 2: Sicily protection area (20 km radius)
  • Figure 3: Calabria and Sicily monitoring area (100 km radius)

EU Regulation

  • Commission implementing decision (EU) 2015/1943 of 27 October 2015 amending Implementing Decision 2014/909/EU by extending the period of application of the protective measures in relation to the small hive beetle in Italy | PDF
  • Commission implementing decision (EU) 2015/838 of 28 May 2015 amending Implementing Decision 2014/909/EU by extending the period of application of the protection measures in relation to the small hive beetle in Italy | PDF

2014

Final epidemiological situation

  • Table 1: confirmed cases of Aethina tumida in Calabria e Sicily
  • Figure 1: Calabria protection area (20 km radius)
  • Figure 2: Sicily protection area (20 km radius)
  • Figure 3: Calabria and Sicily monitoring area (100 km radius)

Documentation

  • Techincal sheet on Small hive beetle – Aethina tumida | PDF
  • EURL – Guidelines for the surveillance of the small hive beetle Aethina tumida infestation | PDF
  • DEFRA – The small hive beetle a serious threat to European apiculture | PDF
  • ANSES – Identification of the small hive beetle Aethina tumida, morphological examination (OIE method) | PDF
  • EFSA – Small hive beetle diagnosis and risk management options | PDF
  • EFSA – Survival, spread and establishment of the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida) | PDF

Presentation

  • Small hive beetle in Italy – NRLs Workshop (Sophia Antipolis, 4 October 2016) | PDF
  • Small hive beetle in Italy – PAFF Committee (Brussels, 13 September 2016) | PDF
  • Small hive beetle in Italy: update and surveillance program (May 2016) | PDF
  • Small hive beetle in Italy (February 2016) | PDF
  • Small hive beetle in Italy – PAFF Committee (Brussels, 7-8 October 2015) | PDF
  • Investigation on the occurrence of Coleoptera on rotten fruits in Reggio Calabria province (January 2015) | PDF

Video

  • Video on hive inspection made by the IZSVe | View >
  • Video shot in Sud Africa by dr. Per Kryger (Aarhus University, Denmark) | View >

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