The small hive beetle can significantly damage beehives and stored hive material and contribute to hive death. The beetle feeds on live brood and honey and its excrement can contaminate honey and cause it to ferment.
It’s found in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. If you think you have seen small hive beetle anywhere else in Australia, call 1800 084 881.
About the pest
The adult beetle lays clumps of small, whitish eggs in the beehive. Small, cigar-shaped, cream-coloured larvae hatch and, along with the adults, feed on stored honey and pollen in the hive.
The beetle is spread by the movement of bees and beehives and through direct flight of the adults.
Small hive beetle (Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, external link)
Small hive beetle (BeeAware, external link)
Movement restrictions for bees, hive products and/or beekeeping equipment within Western Australia (WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, external link)
Small hive beetle: declared pest (WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, external link)