Bumble bee

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Have you spotted a bumblebee?

Suspect bumblebees should be reported to the department of Agriculture and Food’s Pest and Disease Information Service (PaDIS). Freecall 1800 084 881 during normal office hours, Monday to Friday 8.30am to 4.30pm, or email a photograph to: info@agric.wa.gov.au for identification.

If you are unsure and want to collect a bee for examination:

  • Catch the bee.
  • If you are sending the bee to PaDIS kill the bee in methylated spirits or ethyl alcohol which will help preserve the specimen.
  • Remove the dead bee from the killing agent and place it in a tightly capped glass jar or container.
  • If the bee is being hand delivered shortly after being captured it can be killed by placing it in the freezer.
Bumble bee on a red waratah flower swith a background of green leaves.
Bumble bee on a waratah flower.

​​Deliver or mail the specimen to:

Pest and Disease Information Service
Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia
3 Baron-Hay Court
South Perth  WA  6151

Warning: Bumblebees can sting. Do not handle live bees. Only collect bumblebees if you are competent in the collection of stinging insects and it is safe to do so.

Authors

Bill Trend
John Botha