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Britain warns its beekeepers of the arrival of the ‘Asian Hornet’

Britain warns its beekeepers of the arrival of the 'Asian Hornet'

09/29/2022 11:09

CEST


The Asian Hornet landed in Europe a few years ago and wreaked havoc on the bee population

Even though it is not a threat to humans, it is to insects that are beneficial to us.

British authorities have warned beekeepers in the country due to the presence of the Asian hornet, Fauna and flora experts have sent a message so that people dedicated to this activity should be attentive in case these invasive insects appear. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said this species of wasp was seen in Raleigh, Essex County.

The species does not pose a greater risk to human health than native wasps and hornets., However, they are known to be predators of other insects, such as honey bees, and may raid the hives and eat them. Nicola Spence, director of bee health and plant at Defra, said: “By ensuring that we are alerted to potential sightings as early as possible, we can take swift and effective action to end the threat posed by Asian hornets. “

Spence added that: “So we are working at full speed to locate and investigate any nesting After this the sighting has been confirmed in the area.

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