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.
The British Beekeepers Association hosted an awareness campaign in 2020, during Asian Hornet Week 7th–13th September 2020. One of their aims was to promote their ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ app which helps identify and report sightings of Asian Hornets and nests in the autumn season. Further information can be found in this downloadable document.
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