In case the bees didn't lack to worry about ...
There is great concern in the scientific community in North America about the sighting of this invasive hymenopteran species from Southeast Asia and Japan.
This type of giant orange and dark brown striped wasp can reach 5cm in length in the case of the queen, and has jaws only comparable in strength to the great appetite it has to eat other insects, among which prefers to bees.
This hornet is capable of killing 40 bees per minute and its toxicity is such that they represent a danger to human life that unintentionally disturb their hives. In fact, in Japan up to 30 deaths a year are reported from this aggressive insect.
As in the case of bees, they have a queen as the center of the hive's life, and worker wasps that are responsible for hunting and bringing food up to tens of kilometers around. And the concern of its arrival in North America lies precisely in its radius of action, which together with voracity threatens the honey bee EuropeanApis mellifera), because in a matter of minutes they can kill entire bee hives, putting at risk even the production of the field for human consumption.
La food chain it can break into a link as fragile as our beloved bee!
While the bees of Japan have learned to defend themselves collectively by trapping the wasps in their foray into the hive and forming a ball of bees that, with their body heat and that of their wings, cook the wasps alive; the common bee of our continent does not know how to defend itself against this Invasive species.
Already in 2010 Canada had detected and destroyed a hive accidentally arrived in a maritime container. But these recent sightings in the United States have already been in places inland in the state of Washington; which has alerted and motivated the authorities to track, quantify and eliminate the Vespa Mandarinia as a priority. The United States Department of Agriculture has indicated the need to protect bees as a priority to prevent them from becoming permanently established in the American country.
Already in Mexico, traditional coffee and tobacco crops have been reduced by pesticides that kill bees and butterflies indiscriminately trying to kill other insects that affect those crops. Now imagine this:
As we indicated, the danger for the stability of the population of bees is capital. In just a few hours 30 hornets can kill 30,000 bees; then proceed to feed on the larvae and honey produced by the pollinators.
One of the peculiarities of this species is that the killer hornet, as it has been nicknamed, makes its nests on the ground in hollow logs or burrows in the ground abandoned by other species, so if you do Hiking, you should be careful when disturbing them. That is why one of the hiking rules is to walk on the paths already laid out, because with this you reduce the possibility of an encounter that can be even fatal for you.
If you see a specimen, you must report it to the agricultural authorities of your country because together we must defend our bees. We depend on them and we have to help them!