A rare bee that was sentenced to death by the UK government because it posed a threat to British species has escaped.
The insect, which is thought to be from the osmia avosetta species of mason bee, was discovered in Bristol after a family apparently brought it back in their luggage from Turkey.
When the British Beekeepers Association learned of the discovery, they warned it could have a devastating effect on British bees.
The Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) had announced plans to capture and kill the insect.
However, the family who found it revealed on Tuesday that the bee had taken flight before anyone could catch it.
Edited by Cybersnark, 08 August 2019 - 07:36 PM.