Tiny flies could kill off Asian Giant Hornet populations

Published October 4, 2014
Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) (Left) and an European hornet (Vespa Crabro), at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) (Left) and an European hornet (Vespa Crabro), at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
The Asian Hornet, an invasive non-native species from Asia, is a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees. Photo-by-AFP
The Asian Hornet, an invasive non-native species from Asia, is a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees. Photo-by-AFP
Asian Hornet (Vespa Velutina) nest, without its envelope, at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian Hornet (Vespa Velutina) nest, without its envelope, at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian Hornet (Vespa Velutina) as part of a research to find a parasite able to kill the insect, at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian Hornet (Vespa Velutina) as part of a research to find a parasite able to kill the insect, at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian Hornet (Vespa Velutina) nest, without its envelope, on September 30, 2014 at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian Hornet (Vespa Velutina) nest, without its envelope, on September 30, 2014 at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
The Asian Hornet, an invasive non-native species from Asia, is a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees. Photo-by-AFP
The Asian Hornet, an invasive non-native species from Asia, is a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees. Photo-by-AFP
Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP
Asian hornet (Vespa Velutina) at the Research Institute of Biology of the Insect (IRBI) in Tours, central France. Photo-by-AFP

French researchers at IRBI have been conducting research into whether native parasitic species, small flies known as Conops vesicularis, could have an impact on the health of Asian Hornet colonies, possibly leading to their decline in Europe.

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