Non-native invasive Species Watch: Asian or Yellow-legged Hornet (Vespa velutina)

The GB non-native species secretariat is calling for people to look out for a potential invasive non-native hornet known as the Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina). There have been thirteen confirmed sightings and six nests destroyed in England since 2016, with nine sightings occurring in 2018 (last sighting on 14th Oct 2018). Asian hornets have the potential to pose a threat to wild bees and domestic honeybees if they become established. The GB non-native species secretariat are therefore keen to receive reports of any sightings to prevent the establishment of this non-native species.

The Trust is helping to raise awareness of this initiative and is calling on its members, volunteers and citizen scientists to make themselves familiar with the appearance of the Asian or Yellow-legged hornet and to report any sightings to the GB non-native species secretariat.

Records can be submitted via an online form, through the Asian Hornet Watch app available free from iTunes and Google Play, or by emailing alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk.

Note – the Asian hornet should not be confused with harmless native species such as the European hornet (Vespa crabro). A confirmatory photograph is essential and suspected individuals should not be killed where possible to allow them to be tracked to their nest.

 

Credit: Non-native Species Secretariat

Useful links to further information

UK Government advice page on Asian hornet

BWARS Species Info sheet

Non-native species Alert page

Asian Hornet Identification sheet download

 

 

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