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Asian Honey Bees Found on Ship at Townsville Port in Queensland

The Asian honey bee is smaller than its European relative. Image courtesy Government of Queensland. Photo by Paul Zborowski

Nearly three hundred Asian honey bees have been exterminated following an urgent pest control response at Townsville Port in Queensland. Live and dead Asian honey bees were found by stevedores on a ship arriving from Port Moresby.

Dock workers notified the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry who sent experts in to investigate the breach. No queen bee or hive was found.

Stringent biosecurity measures are in place in Australia, with the aim of protecting indigenous honey bees which are vital to crop production.

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