“The crisis in global pollinator decline has been associated with one species above all, the western honeybee.
“Yet this is one of the few pollinator species that is continually replenished through breeding and agriculture,” said co-author Dr Jonas Geldmann.
“Saving the honeybee does not help wildlife. Western honeybees are a commercially managed species that can actually have negative effects on their immediate environment through the massive numbers in which they are introduced.”
Honeybeesare active for nine to twelve months and travel up to 10km from their hives.
Experts say it results in massive “spillover” from farmed honeybees into the landscape, potentially out-competing wild pollinators.
Honeybees also pass on diseases to wild bees when they feed from the same flowers, the researchers warn.
Wild European bee species such as the great yellow bumblebee, which was once found across the UK but has lost 80 per cent of its range in the last half century, and is now limited to coastal areas of Scotland.
The experts say there needs to be greater controls of managed honeybee hives.