I read an interesting article regarding the small hive beetle life cycle. I have not had to deal with this pest on any level to date. I believe our relative humidiy in my area might not be the best environment for them to reproduce. The article states that once the beetle invades the host colony they hide in cracks to protect themselves while some honeybees assume the responsibility of "guards" to keep them confined to their jail. It is interesting thought that the mature beetle actually manages to induce the bees to feed them through physical communication. http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/...ive_beetle.htm