Tasmanian beekeepers prepare for massive losses after bushfires kill nearly half the state’s hives
The fire had killed 14 Australian beekeepers and left hundreds of others seriously injured.
“Bees are not known to be aggressive, so they are pretty resilient to things like fires like this,” said Greg Naughton, the chief executive of Queensland Beekeeping.
A hives of Australian honeybees is seen during a weather forecast for a bushfire near Fortescue, New South Wales, Australia, March 8, 2017. REUTERS/Alex Ellinghausen
Bees were also found in the honey.
“It’s a pretty big loss for the state,” said Nick Gormley of the Australian Honey Bees Association.
Honeybees were particularly important in the South Australian dry season, with thousands of the pollinating insects required to create the sweet, sweet sugar bees need to produce wax and nectar.
The death toll has increased dramatically after the fire destroyed about 500 hives, with hundreds of others reported hurt or disabled.
The fires started early this week, with heavy rains that delayed the weather until Wednesday, forcing the state and surrounding states to move to dry fire seasons due to more frequent bushfires.
Queensland Fire Commissioner Mark Brierley confirmed on Sunday that more than 25,000 hives had burned in a perio용인안마d of seven days.
An aerial survey found most the damage was confined to the northeast corner of the state and the Great Barrier Reef, with the remainder concentrated around the Cape Tribulation, east of Brisbane and north of Melbourne.
Randy Batey, an슬롯 머신 entomologist from University of Tasmania’s science university, said bee deaths increased by 50 to 70 percent in the first day of the dry season as bushfires spread.
Honeybees are not a typical pollinator, meaning they don’t gather pollen or produce nectar to nourish their hives, but some can become too aggressive and attack other bees.
“When hives have burned, they can be quite aggressive, so the bees don’t atm 카지노eat as well,” Batey said. “So these bees are killing more of the bees, and more bee deaths.”
In Victoria, the state’s bushfire season started earlier this month when high winds prompted the state’s bush fires to start in April.
“It has been a tough period and there has been quite a bit of damage… but there have been some great successes as well,” state premier Daniel Andrews told the ABC.