Wednesday 7 May 2014

UK Braced For Summer Attack Of Killer Bees

By Lilian Anekwe | IB Times – Sun, May 4, 2014

UK Braced For Summer Attack Of Killer Bees

The Government is warning people about an influx of predatory hornets that could threaten Britain's fragile honey bee population.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) is drafting plans to combat the threat of the Asian hornet, a predatory bee species that feasts on other insects and is capable of wiping out honey bee hives.

The hornets, called Vespa velutina nigrithorax, have spread from China through Asia and into Europe. They have already spread as far west as Spain, Portugal and France. In France six people have died from anaphylactic shock after being stung by the hornets, including a 54 year old man who died in 2012 after disturbing a nest.

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