ID Aids for bee pests and diseases

We’ve selected a set of five ID Aids from ITP’s vast collection that are helpful for identifying, diagnosing, and learning about pests and diseases that affect bees and bee colonies. Bees are particularly important as pollinators of agricultural crops and have recently experienced decline resulting from a number of factors, including pesticides, diseases, and parasitic mites, insects, and vertebrates. The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has evaluated the threat of pollinator extinction due to factors such as these in a two-year study from 2016, "The Assessment Report on Pollinators, Pollination and Food Production.”

Nosema Disease of Honey Bees

Victora State Government, Australia

Fact sheet containing information about the disease, its symptoms, and its causal agents.

Honey Bee Diseases and Pests: A Practical Guide

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Guide containing images, descriptions, and symptoms of 15 bee diseases, parasitic bee mites, and pest insects and vertebrates.

Bee Informed: Pest and Disease Control

Bee Informed Partnership

“Pest and Disease Control” blog category includes illustrated posts about various bee pests and pathogens. Find additional information under the “Education & Outreach” tab.

Small Hive Beetle: Aethina tumida Murry (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae)

Hawaii Department of Agriculture, United States of America

Fact sheet with description, distribution, damage information, and images of adult small hive beetles and larvae.


The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA), United Kingdom

Select "Bee Pests, Diseases & Maps" on left menu for fact sheets, which are then listed on (changed) left menu, or “Image gallery” for images of bee pests and diseases. Select “Advisory Leaflets and Training Manuals,” on right of home page, for additional resources.