Bee parasite discovered in NSW after alleged illegal hive transport Bees

An exotic species of bee parasite has been discovered in New South Wales following the alleged illegal movement of beehives from Victoria. The NSW Department of Primary Industries confirmed the detection of braula fly in the state during varroa mite surveillance. The department is now investigating the movement of bees from Victoria. “Braula is a … Read more

Climate stress can give bumblebees asymmetrical wings, study finds Bees

Bumblebees have become increasingly stressed by changes in climate over the past century, researchers examining museum specimens have found. Bees develop asymmetrical wings when they experience stress during development, and by examining a series of preserved specimens and their dates, the scientists found bees showed higher levels of wing asymmetry in hotter and wetter years. … Read more

Earth: Muted review – bees go missing in China despatch from the eco-apocalypse file | Documentary films

This Swedish-produced documentary about China’s Hanyuan valley is nominally another dispatch from the eco-apocalypse file, so the final harmonious impression it leaves behind suggests it hasn’t done its job properly. Located in Sichuan province, the valley is a place where bees are on the verge of extinction, the consequences of which we see in the … Read more

More than 15m bees destroyed in NSW to contain deadly varroa mite parasite Bees

More than 15 million bees have been euthanized across 31 infected premises in New South Wales as the fight to contain the varroa mite continues. Bees from 1,533 hives have been destroyed between the NSW central and mid-north coasts, as well as at Narrabri in the state’s north-west, the state’s agriculture minister, Dugald Saunders, said. … Read more

Australian almond harvest in jeopardy as ‘Covid for bees’ strikes apiaries | Bees

The discovery of a deadly parasite being described as “Covid for bees” has had an immediate impact on apiaries, with a ban on movement across New South Wales, but is also likely to affect other agricultural industries, including the upcoming almond blossom season. Every August, the almond industry requires 300,000 beehives to pollinate the national … Read more

Strange bee-haviour: social life of Australian species offers insights on evolution, scientists say | Bees

The unusual social life of a native species of Australian bee has shed light on how cooperative behaviors in bees evolved, new research suggests. Flinders University scientists have analyzed the behavior of Amphylaeus morosus, a forest-dwelling bee that lives in small nests of rarely more than two females. The researchers believe the bee only made … Read more

Glyphosate weedkiller damages wild bee colonies, study reveals | Bees

The critical ability of wild bumblebees to keep their colonies at the right temperature is severely damaged by the weedkiller glyphosate, research has revealed. Glyphosate is the most widely used pesticide in history, intended to kill only plants. The harm to bumblebees – vital pollinators – was not identified in regulatory risk assessments, which only … Read more

Country diary: The flying teddy bears with a dark side | Bees

How do you describe a dark-edged bee-fly (Bombylius major)? I asked a colleague whether I could get away with “flying mole”. She suggested “flying teddy bear” instead. And then there is the unmistakable similarity to a hummingbird. Go into a garden, or anywhere flowery, during a sunny interlude, and you can decide for yourself. Here … Read more