Vespa velutina, also known as the 'Asian hornet' is an invasive non-native species from Asia.
The Asian Hornet is a species of hornet not native to the UK. Whilst it poses no greater risk to humans than native hornets or bees, it is a predator and a serious threat to native bees, wasps and insects. It was first identified in Kent in 2012, and since 2016 there have been a total of 14 sightings in the UK, with 8 nests being destroyed. Accidental introductions of Asian Hornet via the landscape supply chain are a possibility, and BALI members are encouraged to remain vigilant and report any sightings.
Our latest report, available for BALI members to download, provides more information on the Asian Hornet.
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