Read this link i just found, tell that the SHB are all over the east side of the usa, and this is a year old.
Until 1998, A. tumida had never been recorded in the Western Hemisphere (Elzen et al., 1999). It is believed that A. tumida was first introduced in North America in coastal sections of South Carolina and Georgia. Mitochondrial DNA sequencing of U.S. and African small hive beetles strongly suggests that the African and North American populations represent the same species, but has not allowed researchers to determine if the North American population is the result of one or multiple introductions (Evans et al., 2000). There is some evidence that the earliest North American record of the small hive beetle was in South Carolina in November of 1996 (Mostafa and Williams, 2002). However, the first confirmed detection was in Floridian honey bee hives in June of 1998, as identified by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (Sanford, 2002). Since this time, the small hive beetle has extended its North American range to 29 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin (Mostafa and Williams, 2002).
The main modes of transportation of A. tumida are believed to be the movement of hives by MIGRATORY BEEKEEPERS, the distribution of packaged bees, and possibly the distribution on alternative hosts (Delaplane, 1998). Entomologist have yet to establish whether the beetle is capable of persisting in more temperate regions of the country and, therefore, are uncertain as to how far its range will eventually spread (Sanford, 2002).
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