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The swarming process is part of the natural reproductive life cycle of honey bee colonies.
The bumblebee is familiar to many people who have visited Europe and Tasmania however, this ‘cute’ exotic bee could become a serious pest if it is unwittingly introduced to Western Australia.
European foulbrood disease, a serious disease of honey bees in eastern Australia, has not been detected in Western Australia.
Varroa mite is an important parasite of bees worldwide, but fortunately not yet occurring in Western Australia or other mainland states of Australia.
Bees are becoming more of a problem because of the extension of residential areas into native bushland and the increase in the number of swimming pools, which attract bees, particularly in hot weat
Sacbrood, a disease of honey bees in many parts of the world, has been identified in hives and apiaries in Western Australia since 1979.
Learn more about the importance of bees in Western Australia’s horticulture, agriculture and food industries and their vital job as pollinators at next month’s Honey Festival in the Swan Valley.
Volunteer beekeepers around the State are working with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to help guard Western Australia’s honey bees from pest and disease threats.
A pest risk analysis of the biosecurity risks associated with the importation of live bee semen from other Australian states and territories into Western Australia was initiated by the Department o