A fellow beekeeper sent me a rather interesting article concerning the Giant Willow Aphid in New Zealand.
So I looked it up to see if it was a problem in Australia, and indeed it is. So I have attached the article here for you to have a read.
In a nutshell, be careful of planting willow. Apparently this particular aphid lives on the willow and bees recover the honey dew that they produce. It is this honey dew that can cause problems not only to your honey production, but also to the bee colony.
I found that this aphid is found in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania. I couldn’t find anything on the PIRSA site, but I think it might be safe to assume that we also have it. Can anyone enlighten the remainder of us?
Have a read. I hope you enjoy the article.