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Varroa Mites again detected in Australia, erradicated

The destructive varroa mite has been found in a nest of Asian honey bees in the Port of Townsville, in far north Queensland.

The hive of about 5,000 bees along with two varroa mites, which were detected on two of the bees, were destroyed by staff from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

Mr Weatherhead said testing will be done to see if the bees had any relationship to Asian honey bee populations that were already present in areas of far north Queensland.

“Or bees that were associated with previous detections at the Townsville Port, with the last detection having occurred in 2014,” he said.

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