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Prior to the mite introduction there were estimated to have been several hundred wild bee colonies scattered around the island and approximately 310 kept hives.
Bee specialists have advised that without any treatment or mite control, the bee population in Bermuda will dwindle down to about one hive every two kilometers (1.2 miles).
There are two honey flows a year, minor in June-July and major in September-October.
In 2003, Hurricane Fabian caused substantial damage to the local honey industry, just at the start of the September honey flow.
The lizards, first seen in 2014 and recently spotted on the grounds of Aberfeldy Nursery in Paget, are suspected to have arrived from Florida.
One of that states most abundant lizards, the anole arrived there from the Caribbean, where it is native to the Bahamas and Cuba.
Wolfgang Sterrer on the number of species (at least 8,299) of flora and fauna then in Bermuda, of which 4,597 are marine and 3,702 are terrestrial.
The effects of a hurricane linger for years while the vegetation recovers.
The unwelcome development is the latest of many threats to the endemic skink, which are easily trapped and killed by discarded bottles and cans.
Skinks are also at jeopardy from storms, as well as predation from other invasive species such as cats and rats. Local honey is very expensive compared to imported varieties but is lovely.
Unlike the three other Anolis species known to be in Bermuda, the common blue Jamaican, the Warwick or Antiguan and the Barbados, this one is primarily a terrestrial species, the rest being arboreal or tree dwelling, Mr Starling said.
The endemic Bermuda skink, already at critically low populations, is also a primarily terrestrial species, so this new lizard poses a much bigger threat to it than the others did.
Wed hope that new initiatives, such as mandatory recycling or a bottle bill, would at least reduce that particular threat to skinks, which would likely benefit them in handling the novel threat posed by this invasive lizard, Mr Starling said. The Bermuda Beekeepers' Association (BBA) was formed in 1949.