In mid-July, I was back in Newcastle’s Varroa exclusion zones supervising the installation of bait hives for the Australian Bee Observation Network (ABON) administered by the Australian National University (ANU). The potential establishment of Varroa in Australia raises the urgency of understa

Varroa mite has been detected on Australian shores. This is the news no recreational or commercial beekeeper wants to hear. This month, I spent a week in the Newcastle area participating in the NSW Varroa Response as a volunteer beekeeper. This article is an opinion piece accompanied by a collection