Asian honey bees in Queensland

Asian honey bees, Java strain, were first detected in Cairns in 2007. They are an adaptable bee species found throughout Asia and some islands of the Asia Pacific. This is a tropical strain and most likely came in via ship from Papua New Guinea or Indonesian Papua. They are established in far north Queensland and cannot be eradicated. Tools and resources have been developed to help the community and pest control industry with managing this pest bee.

Asian honey bees do not appear to be any more aggressive than other species but will still sting if confronted. They are a natural host for varroa mites which, if introduced, would pose a serious threat to the honey bee industry and crops that are dependant on European honey bees for pollination.
Be on the look out for suspect bees and check your vessel/vehicle and trailer before travelling long distances.

Last updated 22 May 2013