NB beehive worries

The small hive beetle, whose larvae can destroy beehives, has been confirmed for the first time in New Brunswick beehives, according to the Department of Agriculture.

The discovery of the beetle at two different beekeeping operations in Rivere-du-Portage and Aulac comes after the small hive beetle was found earlier this summer in hives imported from Ontario.

After the beetle was found in the imported hives, a quarantine was placed on 12 beekeepers’ colonies close to the infested colonies, which were on the Acadian Peninsula.