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Thursday, October 14, 2004

Small hive beetle in Europe?

There are unconfirmed reports on Bee_L that the small hive beetle has been found in Portugal this month (excellent pdf NBU leaflet on the hive beetle). It is suggested that the beetle arrived in an illegal import of honeybees from the USA. The hive has been destroyed and the surrounding land treated, but no-one can be certain that the beetle has been eradicated.

This, I believe, is the first sighting of the small hive beetle in Europe -- something European beekeepers have been dreading.


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