Asian honey bees in Queensland

Asian honey bees, Java strain, were first detected in Cairns in 2007. They are an adaptable bee species found throughout Asia and some islands of the Asia Pacific. They are established in far north Queensland and cannot be eradicated. Tools and resources have been developed to help the community and pest control industry with managing this pest bee.

Asian honey bees do not appear to be any more aggressive than other species but will still sting if confronted. They are a natural host for varroa mites which, if they became established in Australia, have the potential to significantly damage our bee industry, disrupting both honey production and pollination services.

Be on the lookout for suspect bees and check your vessel/vehicle and trailer before travelling long distances. Find out about the known infested area for Asian honey bees in far north Queensland (PDF, 441KB).