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On the German Border

Steve Alton In southern Germany, one man is on a mission to bring a splash of colour to the streets DRIVING THROUGH BadenWürttemberg, the most southwesterly state of Germany, you will see a number of sights that tell you that you are a long way from England. Onion-domed church towers poke out from among the […]

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The Asian Hornet: Part 1 – pg3

Pathway 1: Cross-Channel flight The shortest distance between England and France over the English Channel is 34 km, between Dover and Cap Gris Nez. Vespa velutina is present in at least one coastal area of France (Figure 6) (Northern Brittany since 2008; Côtes d’Armor since 2010). In the highly likely event that V velutina increases […]

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The Asian Hornet: Part 1 – pg2

introduction to France in 2003–2004. In just seven years V velutina has spread across at least 39 French départements (Figure 6) and was confirmed in North East Spain for the first time in November 2010. This has sparked understandable concern and some high profile media coverage (Figure 7). Although (unlike the exotic pests the small […]

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The Asian Hornet: Part 1

Gay Marris, PhD, National Bee Unit (NBU) We begin a formal risk assessment of this looming threat THE ASIAN hornet, Vespa velutina, is an aggressive predator of honey bees and other beneficial insects. Physically, it is superficially similar to the native European hornet, V crabro, but despite its fearsome reputation V velutina is slightly smaller […]

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Bee Plant of the Month: Sedum spectabile

Steve Alton We start a series focusing on plants that are particularly attractive to bees THE ICE PLANT Sedum spectabile, is an old cottage garden favourite and has long been known for its attraction to butterflies. It is, however, equally popular with bees, and has the advantage of flowering in the late summer when many […]

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The Garden Plants for Bees Workshop at LASI – pg2

the project will also carry out research to facilitate keeping hives in urban areas, such as allotments and gardens. It can be challenging for beekeepers to find urban apiary locations. The research will investigate the efficacy of hedges or lattice fences around an apiary in reducing stinging, by forcing bees to fly high, thereby reducing […]

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The Garden Plants for Bees Workshop at LASI

AS PART of our programme of outreach and public education, the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects (LASI) at the University of Sussex recently hosted two days of workshops on the subject of garden plants for bees.

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The Bumbling Beginner’s First Swarm – pg2

OK now time was vital, I had got to move quickly. I’d recently heard a tale about someone just popping home to get a ladder and by the time they came back the bees had found a new abode and were off to move in. They didn’t leave anyone their new address!

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The Bumbling Beginner’s First Swarm

I WAS looking forward to a nice relaxing Saturday. A long breakfast, feet up, reading the weekend papers. It was a beautiful sunny day, probably the warmest this year, so I planned a couple of hours in the garden followed by a pampering session. I had a night out planned and it had been a while since I really spent some time getting ready so it would be a nice bubble bath, pedicure, manicure, hair styled. Yes, a good day …

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The Co-evolution of Insects and Plants – pg3

Since most foliage is green, flowers have developed a range of colours to contrast against the surrounding foliage and attract insects.

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