Beetle May Threaten Big Island Bee Exports

By Colin Stewart  (Tribune-Herald Staff Writer) West Hawaii Today May 27, 2012

HILO — The small hive beetle, the serious honeybee pest first spotted in Hawaii on the Big Island in April 2010, has now found its way to Kauai.

The state Department of Agriculture announced in a Friday press release the beetle may have been spread by beekeepers transporting hives from an already infested island, including Maui, Hawaii Island, Molokai or Oahu. It added the state’s valuable queen bee exportation business could suffer if foreign countries opt to ban imports from Hawaii, and the agency reminded beekeepers they are obligated by law to obtain permits and prior inspection before transporting their hives or beekeeping equipment. Read more: