Asian bees carrying varroa mostly destroyed

December 23, 2016

From: The Weekly Times



This comes after an incursion of varroa mite — the world’s worst honey bee pest — was discovered in an Asian honey bee hive in Townsville in July.


The Department of Agriculture said 65 per cent of Australian agricultural crops relied on honey bee pollination and estimated it could cost crop industries about $70 million a year if the varroa mite became established in Australia.

Bee trap: Biosecurity officer Rob Stephens with one of the balloon traps hoped to catch Asian honey bees. Picture: Domanii Cameron

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