Ag Data Commons
3 files

Data from: Transcriptomic and functional resources for the Small Hive Beetle Aethina tumida, a worldwide parasite of honey bees

posted on 2024-02-08, 19:38 authored by Jay EvansJay Evans

Supplemental information from a project describing the transcriptome of a beetle parasite of honey bees

The small hive beetle (SHB), Aethina tumida, is a major pest of managed honey bee (Apis mellifera) colonies in the United States and Australia, and an emergent threat in Europe. While strong honey bee colonies generally keep SHB populations in check, weak or stressed colonies can succumb to infestations. This parasite has spread from a sub-Saharan Africa to three continents, leading to immense management and regulatory costs. We performed a transcriptomic analysis involving deep sequencing of multiple life stages and both sexes of this species. The assembled transcriptome appears to be nearly complete, as judged by conserved insect orthologs and the ability to find plausible homologs for 11,952 proteins described from the genome of the red flour beetle. Expressed genes include each of the major metabolic, developmental and sensory groups, along with genes for proteins involved with immune defenses and insecticide resistance. We also present a total of 23,085 high-quality SNP's for the assembled contigs. We highlight potential differences between this beetle and its honey bee hosts, and suggest mechanisms of future research into the biology and control of this species. SNP resources will allow functional genetic analyses and analyses of dispersal for this invasive pest.

Resources in this dataset:

  • Resource Title: SHB_SuppTable3.

    File Name: SHB_SuppTable3.xlsx

    Resource Description: Annotated transcript contigs

  • Resource Title: SHB_SuppTable2.

    File Name: SHB_SuppTable2.xlsx

    Resource Description: SNP data file

  • Resource Title: SHB_SuppTable1.

    File Name: SHB_SuppTable1.xlsx

    Resource Description: Microsatellite loci




Data contact name

Evans, Jay

Data contact email


Ag Data Commons

Intended use

Resources for understanding the genetics and biology of this parasite


  • Not specified

ISO Topic Category

  • biota

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

beetles; genome; genomics; honey bees; Aethina tumida; Apis mellifera; honey bee colonies; parasites; transcriptomics; high-throughput nucleotide sequencing; transcriptome; insects; proteins; Tribolium castaneum; genes; immune response; insecticide resistance; single nucleotide polymorphism; Coleoptera; hosts; genetic techniques and protocols

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

Primary article PubAg Handle

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

Evans, Jay D. (2016). Data from: Transcriptomic and functional resources for the Small Hive Beetle Aethina tumida, a worldwide parasite of honey bees. Ag Data Commons.

Usage metrics


    Ref. manager