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Dr. Michael Hood

Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida By Dr. Michael Hood

Dr. Michael Hood is a Professor Emeritus of Entomology, Clemson University, South Carolina, where he retired in 2013. He began work at Clemson University in 1988 as a Extension Honey Bee Specialist in the College of Agriculture and as State Apiarist in the Department of Plant Industry in the Division of Regulatory Services. His research for the last 15 years at the university focused primarily on small hive beetle management beginning in 1998 on Wadmalaw Island, Charleston County, South Carolina, where he began development of a small hive beetle trap, later known as the “Hood Beetle Trap.” Mike continues to be a part-time instructor for the South Carolina Master Beekeeper Program. He is the author of a recently-released book titled The Small Hive Beetle, Aethina tumida, which is a complete overview of this honey bee pest. In 2019, Mike published another book titled Bees and Man, which includes over 70 short stories. He is also a retired member of the US Army Reserves serving two years on active duty and serving 23 more years in the active reserves. He retired from service at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011.

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