The oriental hornet, a predator of bees with painful stings, has arrived in France


Author: Clark Tos
2022-09-15 16:04:03

Transported in a batch of Chinese pottery, the oriental hornet arrived in France. If its stings can be very painful for humans, it is the bees that are most in danger from this great predator.

After the asian hornet which recently arrived in our country, a new unwanted insect has entered our territory. This is a hornet of oriental origin called vespa orientalis.

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This insect arrived in France while traveling in a batch of Chinese pottery that was imported into Lot-et-Garonne. However, this is not the first time that an oriental hornet has been discovered in France, as it was already identified in September 2021 in Marseille.

The oriental hornet in France and Spain

In addition to France, the oriental hornet has also been identified in Spain, in the port of Barcelona. It is estimated that he was able to land in this country by traveling in containers.

“Oriental wasps have been detected for the first time in Catalonia in the area of ​​the port of Barcelona. As in the case of other invasive species, the main route of entry for this wasp is the transport of goods. , local authorities said.

Problem: the sting of this insect is very painful. When it stings, the oriental hornet inoculates venom but does not leave a stinger in the skin, unlike bees. It is not very aggressive towards humans since it does not attack and only stings to defend itself. Its bites can be dangerous for humans if they are multiple or if they are in risk areas.

A danger to bees

The eastern hornet measures the same size as the European hornet, about 2.5 centimeters for workers and males and 3.5 centimeters for queens. To spot it, just look at its color: its body is a dark rusty, even reddish color. The insect has bright yellow spots on the head and two yellow bands at the end of the abdomen.

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The oriental hornet nests in cavities, cracks in rock or holes in walls. Its range is estimated at several kilometers around the nest. While its stings can be very painful for humans, it is more dangerous for animals. bees .

Indeed, the oriental hornet is a threat to our biodiversity, beekeeping and fruit crops. This predator uses the proteins of bees to feed the larvae in its nest. It can therefore cause significant damage to bee hives, which must be protected.

Source : The Dispatch