bees, honey and other sticky subjects

Monday, December 05, 2005

SHBs like Australia

A German researcher says that the Small Hive Beetle which arrived in Australia just three years ago is producing the worst infestations he has seen anywhere in the world. Apparently, it's not that significant pest in its native South Africa, but elsewhere its impact can be devastating. It seems that they like some climates and ecosystems better than others.
The speed with which the small hive beetle conquers honeybee colonies is astonishing. Led by Dr Peter Neumann, researchers set up a bee colony in Sydney and then introduced the beetle. Within a week, all the honeybees were dead.


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