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I saw this on another web site and thought if as many people as possible took some action maybe the government will have a re-think!

 

There is an email link at the bottom for you to fill in and send.

 

 

 

The government is about to pull funding on the eradication of the asian bee.

Its an extremely succesful insect that will eventually wipe out italian bees especially if it brings its virus verroa.

A huge percentage of Australias agricultural produce relies on pollination by italian bees( not to mention the devasting effect it would also have on honey production)

It has been described as the cane toad of the insect world.

Interest partys are having an awareness breakfast in Canberra on Wednesday and are calling on ppl to lobby anyone who will listen.

Pls visit

securefoodsavebees.com

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Thanks for this link, Shirley-Alison! An avalanche of emails often does jerk officialdom into action so lets hope so! I wondered what the bee looked like and do have a photo so will add it to this reply.

Briefly, it looks like a European Honey Bee but about half of the size. I don't know what their nests look like though - they will be feral in trees, hollows, walls and so on.

Thanks Elaine for putting that up, I think they are in North Qld, I hope they don't get down this far but if the government axes the funding there will be little hope of stopping them.  Bees seem to have so many things that can adversely effect them, what with the hive beetle and all.  We have heard of several bee keepers who have lost their hives to beetles, we are now checking ours weekly and replenishing the traps and we are catching them.  I would be very upset if we were to lose our hive.  So these asian bees are just another problem on the way.

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