Thursday, February 21, 2013

Beware!! Lethal Yellow-legged Asian hornets threatening UK wildlife and even people’s health

Beware of a new lethal army of yellow legged Asian hornets that prey on bees are among the latest non-native species threatening UK wildlife, and even people’s health.

The warning has been sounded by a report from the European Environment Agency (EEA), according to which a growing number of alien species, from killer shrimps to Spanish slugs, are set to soon reach UK shores.

The report has also warned of the spread of the Asia tiger mosquito, which is linked to more than 20 diseases including yellow fever and the dengue-like chikungunya fever.

The Asian hornet, which grows to between 2.5cm and 3cm (1-1.2 inches), preys on native honeybees, wasps and other pollinators, potentially devastating hives and threatening honey and crop production.

More recent arrivals include killer shrimps, which feed on other aquatic wildlife and can cause local extinctions of naturally-found species and zebra mussels, thought to have arrived in ship ballasts, which can damage infrastructure such as water plants and locks.

They may also carry diseases which can affect humans and are often seen as a noise nuisance in urban areas because of their loud screeching calls.

Read more about it at: Mail Online
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