Apis cerana and Varroa jacobsoni in Townsville – No. 15

Advice has been received that on Friday 11 November a nest of Asian bees was found in Queens Park in North Ward. It was about 5 metres up in a curtain fig tree. It was about 3 kilometres west from the original find at the port, 1IP.

Extraction was not easy and most of the dead bees were not able to be collected as they fell into a hollow section of the tree when sprayed.

Examination of the brood comb revealed no V. jacobsoni.

It is estimated to be between 3 and 6 months old. No queen cells or remnants of queen cells were found.

A new numbering system is now being used and this find becomes 169POR. It is the tenth detection.

Advice has been received that genetic analysis of the first nine (9) detections show they are all related and as such originated from just one incursion.

Trevor Weatherhead
Executive Director
21 November, 2016

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