Asian Honey Bees
Asian honey bees were first detected in Queensland in 2007. They have been found in Cairns, at Mareeba and Lake Eacham, and as far south as Innisfail. Most Asian honey bee detections have been in the city and port areas of Cairns, and immediately to the south of Cairns in the Gordonvale and Aloomba districts.
Asian honey bees could significant impact on feral and domesticated European honey bees, and have a negative impact on honey production and pollination services.
The Australian Government has worked closely with the Queensland Government, other states/territories and the Australian Honey Bee Industry Council to prevent the establishment and spread of the pest.
The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry provides detailed information about the Asian honey bee and eradication activities. (Posted 8 April 2011)
NMG communiqués/media releases
- National group supports work of Asian Honeybee Coordination Group (19 July 2011)
- Pilot programs to manage Asian honeybees and Myrtle rust (20 May 2011)
- Update on response to Asian Honeybees (2 February 2011)
- Response to Asian Honeybees (7 September 2010)