2.2.1. Eggs

A. tumida eggs are mostly deposited in clutches (Fig. 1) that can be found anywhere within the hive. Females appear to prefer crevices or cavities for oviposition (Neumann and Härtel, 2004), however, eggs can also be found on combs or underneath sealed honey combs (Neumann and Hoffmann, 2008) or directly with the honey bee pupae underneath the cell cappings (Ellis et al., 2003f; Ellis and Delaplane, 2008).