Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Yet another threat to face


Red beetles, black beetles and now these striped monsters threaten to invade the area. The Valencian regional government has been warned that it should prepare an action plan against the possible arrival of the Asian giant hornet.

The arrival  of these giants would not only destroy tens of thousands of bee hives in the region due to the voracity of the species, but would also affect fruit production due to the decrease in pollination from bees.

These hornets, which have reaped havoc in Southern France for the last five year were spotted in northern Spain at the end of last year.

These beasties can devastate a colony of honey bees: a single hornet can kill as many as 40 honey bees per minute thanks to their large mandibles which can quickly strike and decapitate a bee.

It takes only a 30 of these hornets a few hours to slaughter the population of a 30,000-member hive, leaving a trail of severed insect heads and limbs, according to National Geographic.

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