The destroyer

Bumble bee

Bombus terrestris. This is a small, fluffy and in many eyes – cute – but devastating insect. These are considered to be in direct competition with many other nectar loving incests and even birds. The Swift Parrot is already an endangered species and these bumble bees are reducing the amount of nectar available in their preferred eucalypt habitats. The bumble bee is a risk to the reproductive success of many native flowers. Native flowers are shaped to facilitate pollination by much smaller native bees. The bumble bee chews through the base, completely bypassing the pollination process. Many introduced weeds that have evolved with the bumble bee are becoming more successful since the bumble bee was introduced. It is suspected that the bumble bee was introduced to the state intentionally – and it was not government sanctioned.