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New book: The Asian Hornet

The Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina) by Prof Stephen John Martin has just been published by IBRA.

It’s a fascinating and highly readable account of the arrival, life cycle and control methods of the latest scourge of honey bees in western Europe.

Beekeepers will of course wonder if there might be a natural predator of the Asian hornet that already exists in Europe or might be introduced to combat the pest. I’m afraid it seems to be down to us – humans! Even in its native habitat, hornets have precious few predators. Their size, numbers and of course stings see off most of their potential enemies. Even bears aren’t that interested.

At just more than 100 pages, with lots of photographs and diagrams, every beekeeper will probably enjoy this book – in a reluctant sort of way!

 

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