ASIAN HORNETS HEADING FOR BRITAIN – At nearly two inches long the Asian Hornet delivers a sting that can kill a human being.
The Asian Hornet, or known by its Latin name, Vespa Velutina Nigrithorax, is a ferocious killer and just a handful can wipe out an entire honey bee hive in less than an hour.
According to experts the Asian hornets are heading to Britain, having traveled from China to France, and are warning the public to be on the lookout.
With the hot weather during the summer conditions for the Asian hornet’s survival is perfect and already the Department for Environment has reported fears that they might already be evident in Britain.
There is clear evidence, with the continued use of pesticides and herbicides, that Britain’s honey bee population has been on the decline over the last few decades.
With our greater understanding of honey bees and the vital role they play in crop pollination scientists and government have been taking measures to safeguard and grow the current bee populations in Britain.
The issue here is that if the Asian hornet is allowed to take foothold and establish in numbers it would have a devastating effect on the current bee population.
“Asian hornets have spread very quickly to many areas of France where it is reported to be causing many problems for both beekeepers and biodiversity in the country. The hornet can predate on bee colonies, causing significant harm.” Department of Environment spokesman
Beekeepers across Britain have been alerted to the potential threat and have been asked to keep a close eye on their bee populations. The Asian hornet has been prevalent in France since 2005 and the only thing that has stopped their migration to date has been the English Channel.
However with warm weather and calm weather conditions it is thought that the Asian hornet might now have finally made the crossing into Britain. Government departments are now asking beekeepers and members of the public to report any sighting by emailing email@example.com without delay.
If anyone captures an Asian hornet it must be stored in a strong container; the Government is also asking that anyone contacting the department via email should provide as much information as possible; including the location and photographs if possible.
Members of the public must be aware that Asian hornets are extremely aggressive when provoked and pack a powerful sting that in some cases can prove fatal.