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NorthernMonkeyGirl



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 16 3:37 pm    Post subject: Asian Hornets here  Reply with quote    

In Gloucestershire, at least. Apparently very bad news if they spread, due to their fondness for killing honeybees

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/sep/20/threat-honeybees-asian-hornet-arrival-uk-confirmed-defra-invasive-species

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 16 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

eek some of the far east hornets are really nasty critters ,apicide is one thing and to be disapproved of in the strongest terms (ops or extreme measures are in order) but having them chase you is nasty and getting caught can be quite serious as well as agonisingly painful.

frewen



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 16 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That is not good

Nick



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 16 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

"The Asian hornet is smaller than the UK's native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee. However, they do pose a risk to honey bees."

Eta: original source. Avoids using the headline KILLER HORNETS.
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-identified-in-gloucestershire

Last edited by Nick on Wed Sep 21, 16 6:39 am; edited 1 time in total

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 16 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

we might be thinking of different species ,im thinking of the malasian/ indonesian type .big, aggressive and packing a nasty sting.

very similar or the same as this

are those the sort after the local bees? or are the bee bashers different?

the big ones will kill bees but tis the way the act with people that gets them a bad reputation, i know a few folk who never want to meet them again.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 20, 16 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Vespa velutina = small, kills bees

Vespa mandarinia = a whole world of nasty and kills bees

my lazy speed reading the article

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 16 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

One problem with the Asian hornets is that they are not that big so not as noticable perhaps as the British hornet. They are a bit bigger, very pretty and sound like a V bomber.

yummersetter



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 16 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

. . and I reckon our indigenous hornets will be virtually wiped out because of people reacting to this news and killing every hornet they see.

tahir



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 21, 16 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

yummersetter wrote:
. . and I reckon our indigenous hornets will be virtually wiped out because of people reacting to this news and killing every hornet they see.


Yep.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 16 6:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Ours tend to be fairly secretive and don't build such obvious nests as the Asian one seems to. We get a reasonable number in the woods, but we rarely know where their nests are, unless we see them coming out of a hole in a hollow tree.

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