Observations on feeding and phoretic biology are available in Seeman and Walter, 1999. On the honey bee Apis mellifera, most Afrocypholaelaps africana mites occur at the base of the mouthparts on foraging bees, while on non-foraging bees they have been found on the mesosoma or metasoma. These bees, unlike foraging bees, attempted to remove the mites. Foraging bees may tolerate or be unaware of phoretic mites, but attempt to groom the mites off when they return to the hive. Grooming may cause the mites to move to another position on the bee.
Plant hosts have not been extensively studied for Afrocypholaelaps, although Afrocypholaelaps africana has been found in very large numbers on flowers of the river mangrove Aegiceras corniculatum in Australia (Seeman and Walter, 1999).