2.1.1. Eggs

A. tumida eggs are pearly-white and about 2/3 the size of a honey bee egg (Fig. 1) and can usually be found in typical egg-clutches (Lundie 1940). Normally, eggs hatch in about three days, occasionally in up to six days (Lundie, 1940). In low relative humidity, egg hatching may be reduced (Somerville, 2003; Stedman, 2006).

Fig. 1. Small hive beetle eggs oviposited in clutches in a honey bee mating nucleus colony. They are ~1.4 mm in length and ~0.26 mm in width (Lundie, 1940). Photo: Peter Neumann.

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