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Yellowjacket Invasion in Hawaii is Wrecking Havoc with Ecology?

Great just when we were worried about the varroa bee mite…  it turns out yellowjacket’s themselves are a threat to native species in Hawaii:

…The Western yellowjacket, native to the western United States and first discovered in Hawaii in 1977, is like “a vacuum cleaner” and is clearly a threat to native species in Hawaii, said Wilson, a postdoctoral scholar in the Louie Yang lab, UC Davis Department of Entomology.

Wilson, the lead author of Hawaii-based research published in the current edition of the journal Ecology, will speak on “Yellowjacket Life History Shifts Modify Invasion Impacts in Hawaiian Ecosystems” from 12:10 to 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1 in 122 Briggs Hall.

Her talk, part of the department’s fall seminar series and free and open to the public, will be webcast live at http://uc-d.na4.acrobat.com/ucsn1/ and then archived on the entomology website…

Full article here: Yellowjacket invasion in Hawaii is wrecking havoc with ecology.