Feral Hives and Swarms
The local industry is free of most major bee diseases and pests and is protected by quarantine and surveillance measures, but there are many threats to the industry
This feral hive was first observed in the late spring of 2013. It has low activity with what appears limited space for expansion. No swarms have been found nearby.
This feral hive was discovered in 2012. Set in a very large Marri tree it could very likely have a massive cavity to expand. A small swarm, probably a secondary swarm was found about 60m from this hive in the summer of 2014. After housing this hive, a very dark, small queen was found. Unfortunately the hive did not thrive and perished through winter. Interestingly the pictured hive appears to have quite golden banded bees.
First observed in late summer 2016. A massive hive, very exposed with comb observable in a large dead limb of a Marri tree. This tree is on private property which backs on to state forest. No commercial bee keeping sites are historically registered in the forest but several other tree bound hives have been observed such as image 1.
This large very active hive is located in a Marri trunk in an area of scattered bushland about 1km from a state forest. It appears to have been established for several years. Within 100m of this hive I spotted 4 other feral hives of various size. I have placed hives about 400m from where this photo was taken. Almost all the hives were robbed out and decimated by feral bees during a long dearth (Dec-Feb).