Rare Turkish bee carried to Britain in holidaymakers’ luggage escapes death sentence by flying away

They only discovered the apparent stowaway when dad Ashley found a beautifully constructed and unusual petal cocoon on the sofa in their Bristol home

A Government department has urged people to be on the lookout for a rare Turkish bee that has escaped after being carried into the UK in holidaymakers’ luggage.

The British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) warned that the bee – the osmia avosetta species – could have a “devastating effect” on British bees, after it flew away from a makeshift nest inside a Bristol home.

Experts said it could endanger native species by spreading deadly viruses, or multiply and eventually outcompete British bees.

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