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How to spot an Asian hornet
- have a dark brown or black velvety body
- have a yellow or orange band on fourth segment of abdomen
- have yellow tipped legs
- are smaller than the native European hornet
- are not active at night
The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) is a species of hornet which is
not native to the UK. It is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than other hornets or bees.
However, they do pose a risk to honey bees and
pollinating insects. This is why we are keen to stop this insect establishing in the UK, and why you should report suspected sightings.
When a sighting is confirmed, experts from the
National Bee Unit (NBU) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) will
work quickly to find and destroy any active nests in the area.
To date, there have been 13 confirmed sightings
of the Asian hornet in England and six nests have been destroyed.
Nine of these sightings occurred in 2018; an
individual hornet in Lancashire (April) and Hull, three in Cornwall, two in Hampshire, one in Surrey (all September) and the latest in Kent (October).
It is crucial you report any possible sightings
so our experts can take quick and effective action to eradicate Asian hornets.
Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer,
By ensuring we are alerted to possible sightings as early as
possible, we can take swift and effective action to stamp out the threat posed by Asian hornets.
While the Asian hornet poses no greater risk to
human health than a bee, we recognise the damage they can cause to honey bee colonies and other beneficial insects.
Please continue to look out for any Asian hornets
and if you think you’ve spotted one, report your sighting through the Asian hornet app or online.
How to report an Asian hornet
If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet you
should report this using the ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ app:
You can also report sightings by
email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include information on location, date and number of
Asian hornets you have seen. Please also include a photo if you can to help our experts identify the insect.
Alternatively, you can fill out an online report form
If you find a nest, don’t try to remove it
yourself – it can be dangerous and should only be done by experts.