Acarapis externus

Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acari
Order: Acariformes
Suborder: Prostigmata
Family: Tarsonemidae
Genus: Acarapis
Species: A. externus
Binomial name
Acarapis externus
(Morgenthaler, 1931)

Acarapis externus, is an external parasite infecting the neck region of honey bees. These mites are generally less than 175 micrometres (0.007 in) long, and can only be identified under a microscope.

A. externus can be found exclusively on the ventral and lateral sides of the area behind the head capsule of its host bee.[1] These mites feed on the bee's haemolymph at this location.

Two other parasitic bee mites resembling the tracheal mite are A. dorsalis, and A. woodi.


  1. Ibay, Lilia Armendez (1989). Biology of the two external Acarapis species of honey bees : Acarapis dorsalis Morgenthaler and Acarapis externus Morgenthaler (Acari: Tarsonemidae). Thesis. Oregon State University.

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