Attack of the Asian bees
PEOPLE in the Douglas region are warned to be on the look-out for Asian bees.
Detections outside of Cairns in the past 18 months prompted Biosecurity Queensland to search further afield to search for Asian honeybee nests and swarms.
Field staff, interstate volunteers and odour detection dog Zac had scoured Innisfail, Atherton, Mareeba, Crater Lakes, Mossman and Port Douglas areas, in the search for nests and swarms.
Member for Cook Jason O’Brien said the main concern is the possibility of nests developing outside of urbanised areas where swarms will not be easily noticed.
“I am urging people to keep an eye out for nests and swarms when outdoors working, hiking, fishing, or just walking the dog,” he said.
Asian honeybees are slightly smaller than the European honeybee and its abdomen has more distinctive brown and yellow stripes.
If you suspect an Asian honeybee nest or swarm in your local area, contact Biosecurity Queensland immediately on 13 25 23 or visit www.biosecurity.qld.gov.au for more information.