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Spreading Fast From 2 nests to 10'642 in 4 years
Using data taken from the Galician government this table shows the total number of Vespa velutina nests eliminated (and retired) and neutralized (not retired)
Year Total Eliminated Neutralized
2014 769 727 42
2015 5022 4176 846
2016 10642 9208 1434
*Please note* These figures do not show the true situation, many nests have also been destroyed by beekeepers and private enterprises and have not been reported. Xesús will be compiling these figures and publishing the data when complete.
The following maps show the districts in Galicia Northern Spain where Vespa velutina nests were detected for 2014, 2015 and 2016.
As you can see, the last data released on approx. 8th august by Galician government (figure 4), shows an overall increase on the number of detected nests. It will be necessary to wait for the data at the end of the year for comparison purposes, but the present information clearly indicates to us that the Vespa velutina continues to spread without contention.
Figure 4. Map of Galicia, showing Vespa velutina nests detected as of 8th august 2017.
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