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Have You Seen a Bumblebee
on the Australian Mainland?

An Australian Native Bee Research Centre Update

Please help us keep exotic bumblebees out of mainland Australia! Be on the lookout for bumblebees (click here for descriptions and photos) and report any sightings to local authorities (contact details below).

Keeping the Australian mainland free of bumblebees will require much vigilance. Feral European bumblebees are now widespread in both New Zealand and Tasmania. It is quite easy for bumblebee queens to hitch a ride to the Australian mainland on a ship or a plane.

In May 2003, a bumblebee queen was caught on Appleton dock in Melbourne. It was sitting on the back of a wharfie who was unloading a ship from New Zealand. In the same month a bumblebee worker was caught foraging on flowers on Fisherman's Island wharf in Brisbane. This discovery suggests a bumblebee nest might already be established on Fisherman's Island.

The public in Victoria and in Queensland are being asked to report any bumblebee sightings to their DPI Call Centres:

-- In Melbourne, phone: 136 186.
See DPI Note, 'Keep Victoria Bumblebee Free', visit: http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au/agriculture/pests-diseases-and-weeds/pest-insects/ag1039-keep-victoria-bumblebee-free

-- In Brisbane, phone: 13 25 23.
See DPI Note: http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/4790_13535.htm

-- In NSW, phone 1800 084 881

In other states please contact your local Department of Primary Industries.

Related articles:
Help stop the importation of European bumblebees!
A detailed analysis of the AHGA report
What harm could exotic bumblebees do in Australia?
How far could feral bumblebees spread in Australia?

Bumblebees and invasive weeds
The native bee alternative to the bumblebee
How to identify a bumblebee

Author: Anne Dollin
(See Anne Dollin's Google+ profile)

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