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Asian hornets could invade Britain


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Asian hornets that have invaded France, decimated the country's bee population and attacked humans could cross into Britain within three years, a leading expert warned yesterday.

The Asian hornet, Vespa velutina, is thought to have arrived in southwestern France from the Far East in a consignment of Chinese pottery in late 2004.

The aggressive bee-eating invaders, unmistakable due to their dark hue and yellow feet, first settled in the forests of Aquitaine, but quickly spread to surrounding areas along waterways, thriving due to a total lack of indigenous predators.

According to Franck Muller of the Museum of National History in Paris, given their current rate of progress – roughly one French department per year – they will cross into Britain within "three to four years".

"We have modelled its potential spread by cross-checking data from France and Asia, and concluded it is capable of living anywhere in Europe and certainly in Britain," said Mr Muller, adding that his team was "in the process of discussing the problem with our British counterparts".

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With all the to-ing and fro-ing in the world, it's always a wonder to me that we aren't invaded by more diseases and species of insect that aren't benefical.

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ahhh!!! killer bees Lazlo!

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With our weather I dont think they will do so great. They will get depressed with all the rain and sod off back home.

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Can't see our climate doing much for them. It seems every few years there is warning of killer bees or some mutant insect.

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This is old news.

A lorry-load of Asian Hornets tried to enter the country five months ago, but they where intercepted by Customs.

Rumour has it that it was a "Sting" operation !

meow purr :rofl:

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Are smoke bombs legal in the UK? If they are, you might want to consider buying a lot of those.

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the real problem is the impact they will have. the english faunae will be taken by storm

Yes these little buggers are ruthless !

P.S -lol at your pic of Batiatis in your Av :P

TiP

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