Small hive beetle (Aethina tumida)
Under certain conditions small hive beetles can multiply to huge numbers within infested colonies (mass reproduction). They feed on brood, honey and pollen, adult beetles even are able to induce trophallaxis from the bees. If mass reproduction occurs, the larvae destroy combs, and their faeces cause fermentation and spoilage of the honey. In this case treatment of the surrounding soil must be considered, as pupation tales place in small chambers in the ground.