Apis mellifera (European Honeybee)

The European Honeybee was introduced to Tasmania in 1821.  A hive was imported on the Ship Mary.  It has since widely established both wild colonies, and is farmed for honey production.  The strain in Tasmania is considered to be be genetically very pure, uncontaminated by other strains.  It is unsure how the honeybee has impacted on the local flora and fauna.  It may outcompete native flower feeders, affect the balance of plant species, and may have added pressure on, or displace, native animals that use tree hollows to nest or shelter in.  Honey production is an important primary industry in Tasmania.

European Honeybee Apis mellifera
Late November 2014
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart/ nipaluna

Early February 2011
Hobart/ nipaluna

Late November 2011
Hobart/ nipaluna

Early September 2014
Hobart/ nipaluna

Late September 2019
Knocklofty Reserve, Hobart

Early October 2021
Sisters Beach
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Bee Swarm
Early November 2021
Geilston Bay
Images by Peter Appleton, used with permission.
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Bee Swarm
Early January 2013
Sisters Beach
Thousands of bees resting in a cluster.

Empty cone found in a fallen tree trunk
Early October 2016
Bridport Nature Reserve