Asian Hornet

The Asian Hornet is a very dangerous menace and classed as an invasive species.

We should all be constantly watching out for them and setting traps especially in the Spring and Autumn.

This menace cannot be ignored

Be vigilant

Please take note.

If you catch an Asian Hornet, because it is classed as an invasive species it is against the law to let it go


All beekeepers should as a necessity to keep an eye out for Asian hornets in their apiaries catching bees by hovering around the entrances or on flowering plants feeding on nectar or other insects visiting those flowers. The asian hornet two to three times the size of a honey bee. The hornet is very distinctive by it's yellow legs, dark brow-black thorax, dark abdomen with a single yellow/dark yellow segment. In the winter months the nests are high up deciduous trees and may become visible, but they are also been known to build nest in low lying bushes, ferns and brambles.

All Asian hornet sightings or nests should be reported, preferably with a photograph for identification purposes, either to your local Asian hornet representative or via the Asian Hornet Watch app on your phone. All reported sightings must contain exactly where the sighting took place.

WARNING Do not approach or try to remove a hornets nest, they can be extremely aggressive and have a stinger much longer then a honey bee. Special clothing and equipment is required for tackling nests.

1. Send a picture and a location via GPS in the app straight to the non-native species secretariat and the National Bee Unit.
2. If you cannot download the Asian Hornet Watch app, please use the online recording form
3. Contact your local co-ordinator preferably by phone with a photograph.
4. As a last resort, send a picture and email with details of where you saw the Asian hornet with your contact details to alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk

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Asian hornet features

Yellow ends of legs and feet
Dark brown-black thorax
Dark abdomen
Single yellow or dark yellow segment
Yellow or dark yellow face
About an inch or 25 mm in length

Asian hornet
European hornet
European hornet features

Reddish-brown legs and feet
Reddish brown thorax
Lighter abdomen-much more yellow
At 2-3cm is larger than an Asian Hornet

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P Mason 12/02/2020