Wednesday, 21 September 2016

A Sting in the Tail


It has been confirmed that the Asian hornet has arrived in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/20/threat-honeybees-asian-hornet-arrival-uk-confirmed-defra-invasive-species). This is bad news for the already 'stressed-out' honeybee, one of our most important pollinators of crops as well as the producer of honey. The much bigger hornet enters hives to 'steal' the honey and will will kill and eat honeybees. This alien invasive is likely to further decrease the viability of honeybee colonies in parts of this country and could have marked effects on agriculture. 

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