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 'Bee killer' Asian hornets in the UK

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ddraig Posted - 11/08/2020 : 10:41:14
Gerry Stuart, Torbay AHAT member, said: “They are slightly smaller than our native European hornet and it is 25-30mm head to tail, it has an orange face and a dark abdomen with the 4th segment yellow.

"Its thorax is entirely dark brown or black and velvety, and the insect has bright yellow tips to its legs. Unlike our native European hornet (Vespa crabro), it doesn’t fly at night.

"Thwarting its establishment here in the UK is crucial to protect our pollinators, UK flora, fruit and other insect pollinated crop production.

"The public should be aware that whilst the Asian hornets are not ordinarily aggressive, they are advised that they should not under any circumstances approach a nest
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ddraig Posted - 15/08/2020 : 14:31:54
Wasps are good for the environment, that said, you don't want nests in your house or garden, I have a "fake" nest hanging from a tree in the garden, apparently, wasps are territorial and won't build a nest near others. They do become a bother early autumn when they're drunk and out of work though.
billbaily Posted - 15/08/2020 : 13:40:17

In the paper today I read that a wasps nest has been found the size of a space hopper and containing at least 5,000 insects. Apparently the warm weather and insects make a perfect match. I Wouldn't want that in my attic!

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