World renowned expert warns of new threat to honey bees

Delegates at the Institute of Northern Ireland Beekeepers’ annual conference heard of a new threat to honey bees coming from the Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida).

hive beetle

The beetle which is indigenous to Africa, was first found in the USA in 1998, and within a few years had caused losses in tens of thousands of colonies. It quickly spread to Australia, Canada and has now been discovered in Italy.


Professor Dave Tarpy from North Carolina State University was one of the key note speakers, and being an expert in this topic, he was the ideal person to update local beekeepers on how to deal with this serious pest.

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