Stowaway bee traveling in a suitcase from a couple from Turkey to the UK can pose a threat to the British species
- Family accidentally brings bees back into their luggage found in Turkey and Iran
- The Toy family from Bristol found petal cocoon and the bee that flew outside at home
- The family had returned a week ago from a summer vacation in Dalman, Turkey
- Experts warn that the non-native species threatens Great Britain's bees
The bees of Great Britain are threatened after a family accidentally brought a non-native specimen home in their holiday luggage, experts have warned.
When Ashley Toy, 49, saw an unusual petal cocoon on the conservatory bench, he had no idea that it had been left behind by a stowaway who had withdrawn from his family's summer vacation in Turkey.
He threw the nest away, but the next morning his daughter Amelia, 19, saw an unusual bee outside their home in Bristol.
Since finding the Turkish insect, pictured above, the family has opened the back door every morning and watched in awe as the insect flies in and out of their hydrangea petals, creating complicated nests
She did some research and learned that the type bee, osmia avosetta, only occurs in Turkey and Iran.
The family returned from Dalaman, Turkey a week ago. The toy contacted the British Beekeepers Association, which subsequently warned the environmental authority Defra and the National Bee Unit.
A spokesperson for the association warned that the rare bee could have a "devastating effect" on indigenous masons and added: "Non-indigenous species such as these pose different problems and need to be addressed.
"They can contain viruses that will destroy native species or they can simply compete comparable species for food sources."
Meanwhile, the bees are happily building countless beautiful cocoons in the family's conservatory – 1,800 miles from home.
Ever since they found the Turkish insect, the family has opened the back door every morning and watched with awe as the insect flies in and out of their hydrangea petals, creating complicated nests.
"It brought in these petals and created small cocoons or small petals," Miss Toy said.
When Ashley Toy, 49, saw an unusual petal cocoon on the conservatory bench, he had no idea that it had been left behind by a stowaway who had withdrawn from his family's summer vacation in Turkey. A Turkish beach is pictured above this week [file photo]
"Every morning it comes in when we open the door. Then it goes in and out, in and out. I've never seen anything like it. & # 39;
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust said it was unaware of the fact that osmia avosetta had been seen in the UK before and advised that it might be illegal to release a non-native species into the wild.
Miss Toy said: "I think if Defra is involved, it's a pretty big problem. They have not yet advised me to record it. He is now there and flies in and out with the petals. I'm completely confused. & # 39;
The National Bee Unit has contacted the family and is working on a solution.
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