Identifying Asian honey bees

Asian honey bees (Apis cerana) can be easily confused with common European honey bees (Apis mellifera), and some other bees and insects. The following information can assist identification. Asian honey bees are widespread in areas north of Tully and reporting and control in these areas is not compulsory.  If you have seen a suspect Asian honey bee swarm or nest outside of Far North Queensland, please upload a picture using the online reporting form. Alternatively, contact the Customer Service Centre to report a sighting of suspected bees.

Bee identification chart

Click through the images below to find out the distinguishing features for Asian honey bee and differences from some other insects that may be encountered.