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  1. Verdun

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    it has just been announced that the asian hornet has been spotted in Cornwall.
    Coincidentally, I was talking to a bee keeper a few days ago and he expressed his biggest fear was the arrival of the asian hornet. More devastating than veroa mite or chemical sprays.:sad:
    Yet anothet threat to our way of living :love30:
     
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    • Tetters

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      :rolleyespink: those `orrible things have been about for a while now Verdun ....they must be getting desperate if they have ventured as far as Cornish Cornwall :loll: Good morning :)
       
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        Hello @Verdun my friend,been about for a while:smile:

        "The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire in September 2016 - the first time the hornet has been discovered in the UK.
         
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          Daresay they`ve gone West to attack the tourists - they can be quite useful for that @wiseowl :snorky:
           
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            Yes @wiseowl you are quite right they are not far from me and a local bee keeper in the village says he has spotted some here too.. So sad as I don't think a lot realise the problem they are and just how much we need the bees for food..!! :sad:
             
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            • Verdun

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              Yes but what a cheek to cross the border from England into Cornwall! :gaah:
               
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                All the more reason to unzip Cornwall and let it float off into the beyond, and you can take all the nasty foreign insects with you. :dancy:.....:loll:
                 
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                  A850C2E8-4B66-4702-BE5C-33B5BA4B5CC3.jpegC588004F-0EC2-4DE0-9D2F-BB11C7A4B20C.jpeg :catapult:We were down the bottom of our garden last Saturday as I was trying to get a photo of a comma butterfly feeding on my sedum flowers.As I stood with my camera ready to get a photos of the commas wings open this Hornet came buzzing round us so it put me off what I was trying to do.The hornet suddenly crashed into a nearby spiders web and at first I thought it had got itself caught up in the web but then saw that it was actually feedingon the fly that had already been cocooned by the spider:eeew:

                  I tried moving the sedum stem to get a better photo of the hornet but as I had disturbed it it decided to buzz off so to speak:biggrin:

                  Thankfully haven’t seen any sign of this Asian Hornet yet although this morning I had a queen wasp buzzing around in my conservatory so I soon booted it out with my feather duster:snorky:
                   
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                    Asian Hornets?
                    Xenophobia is rife. :biggrin:
                     
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                    These Asian hornets haven't really gotten to know us British yet, though........






















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                      I've just been looking at some pics of the Asian hornet and they look vicious!!
                       
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                      Welcome to my world....:biggrin: Two types of hornet (and yes, Loofah, the Asian ones are very vicious), three types of wasp, termites, palm moths, tiger mosquitoes, Cossus cossus (a moth whose larvae eat your trees from the inside out), great big vine weevil lookalikes in the compost, mole crickets and wild boar. Gardening...a peaceful, creative past-time where you're at one with Mother Nature :lunapic 130165696578242 5:
                       
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                          Might have to upgrade the fly swatter!
                           
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                            If you know how and what they do to our local bees you would be horrified. :gaah: Just thank goodness these hornets arent human size :gaah:
                             
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