They are both unwelcome guests in the beehive: the hornet species (Vespa velutina) and the Small Hive Beetle (Aethina tumida). They have traveled west and north from Asia and Africa and are now threatening honey bees in Europe and America. Researchers at Bayer are looking for effective solutions against these dangerous insects.
Invasive insect species can disrupt the ecological balance and threaten honey bee colonies.
// Examples include the arrival of the Asian hornet, Vespa velutina to Europe and the spread of the Small Hive Beetle from Africa to North America and Europe.