There’s a lot of different insects you’ll notice in your garden. Some don’t bother the bees at all and some can destroy your precious bee hive. Mostly the threat is from new larvae destroying the hive colony from the inside. Weak colonies are more at risk.
Hoverflies that look similar to the one below don’t pose a risk
This Wasp-mimic fly can destroy a hive by laying larvae in gaps in boxes
The Australian Paper Wasp doesn’t pose a risk to bees, but they pack a sting for humans
Below – Assassin Bug – Not a problem for the Native Bee Hive, they will just take a bee every now and then
Below – Possible Shanks Disease – Dark Larvae on the Brood…
Below: Brush Tail Possum. Pest? She can be, she sleeps in one of my unfinished boxes in the shed, and tends to knock things over!
***The is article is under construction – I need to add more species and information
The “To do list”
- Small Hive Beetle – Not Bee Hive Safe. The beetle will enter the hive and lay larvae which will destroy the hive.
- Phorid Fly – Not Bee Hive Safe
- Brown Paper Wasp – Bee Hive Safe. Don’t pose a risk to native bees. Less aggressive than the Australian Paper Wasp but do sting.
- Varroa Mite – A new pest in Australia though is reported as being contained at the end of 2016. This is more of a threat to Honey Bees and thought not to pose a threat to native bee hives.
- Bembix Wasp – Hovers outside the hive entrance and steals individual native bees.
- Asian House Gecko – Don’t pose a great threat to the colony but will take individual bees.
- Termites – Depends on location of hive boxes. Rarely a problem in the suburbs because of the box locations in yards and have frequent monitoring.
More info on the above species