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 and then archived on the entomology website…

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