A Sting In the Tale

There have been some scary reports in the media recently about an invasion of Asian hornets and the threat they pose to our native bees.

But don’t panic. As far as we understand, this ‘terrible invasion’ currently involves around only 37 Asian hornets’ nests, all found in England, mostly in the south. None has yet been reported in Wales.

Rather than indiscriminately killing any suspicious-looking bugs, people are being advised to take photographs and message an appropriate agency with the images.

Vespa velutina, or the  the yellow-legged hornet, has been steadily moving through Europe since 2016, with the first confirmed beasties being found in Lot-et-Garonne in south-west France.

Unfortunately this creature likes snacking on a wide range of insects including honeybees, and is reported to have altered. the biodiversity in regions of France.

Tetbury had the first sighting of Vespus velutina in the UK, also in 2016, and the nest was tracked down and destroyed.

Since that time there have been a few more sightings and action has been taken swiftly. There was no evidence earlier this year for an established population of Asian hornets in the UK.

If you do come across a hornet, it is much more likely to be a European variety, which might give a nasty sting but isn’t a threat to our native bees.

Please let them get on with their little hornet lives.

More information: https://www.nationalbeeunit.com/…/2023-asian-hornet…/

 

Kitty Parsons

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