AHBIC – Australia Honey Bee Industry Council announcement

Kiwimana received an email from the Autralian Honey Bee Industry Council

Received 24th June 2022

Dear Valued Subscriber,
 
On late Wednesday the 22nd of June AHBIC was made aware of the detection of mites in surveillance hives at the port of Newcastle. 
AHBIC has acted swiftly in working with the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to ensure the sentinel hives have been euthanised and the mites identified. 
If you wish to find out more please follow the link below which includes a media release from DPI NSW. 
Regards,
AHBIC

Here’s the link : https://honeybee.org.au/varroa-mite-detected-at-the-port-of-newcastle/
UPDATE 27th June 2022

A second confirmed detection in a commercial load of bees occurred within 10km on Saturday 25th June.   These have been the ONLY detections so far.  There has been no further detections outside of the 10km eradication zone. 
Due to the second detection being in commercial hives, DPI have been swift in conducting tracing activities to determine the locations of any hives connected to the commercial operation. 
The resulting tracing has determined that there are hives connected to the operation outside of the 50km emergency zone. In consultation state counterparts, the almond industry and AHBIC, the Incident Controller and Chief Plant Officer signed the stand still order which came into effect this evening.  The order means the following:-Hives must not be moved if they are in the state of NSW regardless if NSW is not their residence.  
Hives must not be ‘tampered’ with, meaning hives can not be worked, extracted or have supers put on.There is an exemption for conducting surveillance including sugar shake and alcohol washes.The intent of the order is to allow time for the department to trace hive movements and determine the locations of any ‘at risk’ hives outside of the 50km zone.   
This is a biosecurity order and the penalties for disregarding this order are huge, police are aware and patrolling.  Please be patient. 
This is for the long term benefit of our industry. Sugar shake and alcohol washes can be undertaken on any hives during this order.  If mites are detected in your surveillance ring the hotline on 1800 084 881. 
Regards,
AHBIC
Visit the Australian Honey Bee Institute website here : https://honeybee.org.au
Dear Valued Subscriber, As you may have already seen, the DPI emergency zone map has been updated. The Department has been conducting tracing to identify hive movements.  Three locations have been identified outside of the 50km emergency zone connected to the commercial operation detected with mites within the original zone.  One of these loads was near Dubbo, no mites were detected, however due to the high risk this load of bees was destroyed, as previously advised. Another site which is approximately 65km north east of the original detection was inspected by DPI and industry representatives.  Alcohol washes on every hive resulted in the detection of two mites across the whole load.  In response to this low-level detection a new Infected Premise (IP) response has been initiated, with a new 10km eradication zone, 25km surveillance zone and 50km buffer zone determined.  This has resulted in the update of the DPI emergency zone map tonight. This new detection is outside the 50km original zone but is directly connected to the commercial operation.  Whilst it is of concern that there is a new detection, it is an extremely low-level detection and connected to the same operation.  The Incident Management Team is still confident that eradication is achievable, and every effort will continue to be made to ensure we eliminate this incursion.  The map has also been updated with a number of other detections of mites in hives in the original emergency zone. Regards,AHBIC
VIST DPI NSW FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND UPDATES
https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/biosecurity/seasonal-pests-and-diseases/spring/varroa-mite
UPDATE 29th June 2022
 
As you may have already seen, the DPI emergency zone map has been updated.
 
The Department has been conducting tracing to identify hive movements.  Three locations have been identified outside of the 50km emergency zone connected to the commercial operation detected with mites within the original zone.  One of these loads was near Dubbo, no mites were detected, however due to the high risk this load of bees was destroyed, as previously advised.
 
Another site which is approximately 65km north east of the original detection was inspected by DPI and industry representatives.  Alcohol washes on every hive resulted in the detection of two mites across the whole load.  In response to this low-level detection a new Infected Premise (IP) response has been initiated, with a new 10km eradication zone, 25km surveillance zone and 50km buffer zone determined.  This has resulted in the update of the DPI emergency zone map tonight.
 
This new detection is outside the 50km original zone but is directly connected to the commercial operation.  Whilst it is of concern that there is a new detection, it is an extremely low-level detection and connected to the same operation.  The Incident Management Team is still confident that eradication is achievable, and every effort will continue to be made to ensure we eliminate this incursion. 
 
The map has also been updated with a number of other detections of mites in hives in the original emergency zone.
 
Regards,
AHBIC

Update 4th July 2022

This is what our Aussie neighbours will have to deal to !

The adult Varroa Destructor Mite (VDM) is a parasitic mite which feeds on the fat in the honey bees’ abdomen. The most identifiable of the VDM is the orangey/browny round female which hitch-hike on the foraging common Honey Bee (Apis Mellifera) thereby spreading themselves far and wide.

Female Varroa Destructor Mite

NOTE : to the right top corner you can see a tiny male protonymph – clear white – almost looks like waste when in bottom of cell

Varroa love to settle in the bottom of the cells before the cell is capped which gives a great breeding capsulte.

While the bee larvae are developing in the capped-cell, the VDM feed on the developing bee. The female varroa while feeding on the varroa transfers viruses. She also creates a male, then mates with it to produce offspring.

Crinkly undeveloped wings on the honey bee is called “Deformed Wing Virus”

In New Zealand we deal with varroa by using specific varroa treaments. There are different types of treatments available which have been approved by the authorities.

  • Synthetic – man made
  • Organic – plant based

Interestingly : ONLY when American Foul Brood is identified in a honey bee colony in New Zealand, do we burn our hives – BUT NOT when we find varroa.

AFB – American Foul Brood Disease identified in this beehive colony – must kill bees then hiveware burnt and buried

But I guess to try to stop the spread of varroa this shows the risk management strategy Aussie authorities are choosing to use.

Latest news 4th July email received advising New Zealand has sent over treatments.

Thanks guys.

All the best to our Aussie beekeeper mates

Regards

Margaret and Gary …its the kiwimana buzz…

PS: Other photos found on google search link below

https://www.google.com/search?q=varroa+protonymph&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&vet=1&fir=HAxNslJkb9ttAM%252CimQX-b-tZGtHWM%252C_%253BiixvDXUtaLz5sM%252CJNX8PO1CryibgM%252C_%253Bx-KZtaLF08MuUM%252C9FDjX8EZO7HspM%252C_%253BR7SDEK5pmyjw5M%252C9FDjX8EZO7HspM%252C_%253BTejmi8M4fLYV7M%252CYVJukYz9oh0gIM%252C_%253BXLMNYDKmBPFmhM%252CaIs9pZNv-ts9mM%252C_%253BNLTNekpkFASmrM%252Cc9BIY_5r8QY13M%252C_%253BhJzI7M7C-3p4yM%252CYVJukYz9oh0gIM%252C_%253BUwgt1TLDM2Z-eM%252CimQX-b-tZGtHWM%252C_%253BQ6QMfs6Vm90bkM%252CJNX8PO1CryibgM%252C_&usg=AI4_-kTwPR874Cx_pOcqtozgIN1pX47tPg&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjY6Jnhj974AhVGxjgGHZj_C-gQ9QF6BAgHEAE#imgrc=HAxNslJkb9ttAM

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