5. Life cycle and rearing

Much remains to be learned about the life cycle of Tropilaelaps mites. Reports published to date refer to the life cycle of T. clareae on A. mellifera, but with the recent taxonomic revision of the genus, which separated T. clareae into 2 species (Anderson and Morgan, 2007), it is now clear that those reports refer to T. mercedesae on A. mellifera. There are no reports of the life cycles of T. clareae, T, koenigerum or T. thaii, although they are thought to be very similar to that of T. mercedesae on A. mellifera. Obviously, this is an area ripe for research.