Beetle that damages bee hives turns up

escarabajo082715Animal health workers have found a beetle that is new to Costa Rica in La Cruz. But unless people are beekeepers, they do not have to worry.

The creature is the small hive beetle (Aethina tumida), and it mainly affects ailing bee hives. The larva of the beetle dig through the honey combs and cause discoloration of the honey.

The Servicio Nacional de Salud Animal said its workers collected 20 of the bugs from hives at an apiary in the St. Cecilia area of La Cruz.

The agency said that the beetle is known further north in Nicaragua and La Cruz is close to the border.

The affected apiary has been quarantined, said the agency.

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