How the Asian Black Hornet is Killing America’s Bees
By Andrew HarnikNew York Magazine A pair of new studies reveal that honey bees are being attacked by Asian black hornets.
The Asian black honey bee is native to South East Asia and was introduced to the U.S. in the late 1970s.
It was a key crop in the 1990s as farmers turned to high-yield seed varieties.
Honey bee populations have been steadily declining since then, and in the past decade they have dropped dramatically, with an estimated 80% loss of bee colonies in just the last decade.
The two studies by the University of Washington, which were published online in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, examined more than 300 sites across the U; the findings showed that the Asian black bee has a strong ability to evade detection by the honey bee’s natural predators, the honey beetle and the hornet.
Honey bees and honey beetles are among the most threatened species of honey bee, with both species being endangered in many countries.
They have been killed in the U: In 2012, a bee was killed in Minnesota and in 2014, a honey bee was found dead in Iowa, according to a press release from the Center for Biological Diversity.
Researchers analyzed samples of honey bees, which can live up to 10 years and are able to reproduce and lay eggs.
The researchers found that the honey bees in the study had a much stronger ability to resist the Asian hornet’s natural predator than the honey beetles.
They found that honey bee colonies had a significantly higher resistance to the hornets’ natural predators in the area, suggesting that they are more susceptible to their attacks.
“We’re talking about a bee population that’s been reduced in a very dramatic way in the last 10 years, in the areas that have bee-resistant seeds, and we’re not even talking about that as an issue, which we think is very important,” said John E. O’Connor, senior scientist for the Center’s Pollinator and Conservation Program.
“If we’re looking at species in their habitats that are protected and where the population is low, there’s a very real chance that they will be targeted by the predators that are more than 100 times stronger,” he added.
One of the researchers, Eileen M. Brown, also a professor of entomology at the University, told New York magazine that it’s not unusual for Asian black bees to be aggressive toward honey bees.
“This is not an issue that we see in other species, which is what this study is highlighting,” she said.
“We’re seeing this in Asian black, and that’s what we want to be focusing on.
It’s important to be aware of the threats, because if we can identify that threat, we can start to protect honey bees.”