This species was found in Britain in 2016, 2017 and recently an over-wintered queen was found in Lancashire in 2018. Asian hornets have the potential to pose a threat to bees if they become established. The GB non-native species secretariat are keen to receive reports of any sightings, but as the Asian hornet can easily be confused with harmless native species such as the European hornet (Vespa crabro) a photograph is essential and suspected individuals should not be killed where possible.
Records can be submitted online through iRecord https://www.brc.ac.uk/irecord/enter-non-native-records, through the Asian Hornet Watch app available free from iTunes and Google Play, or by email to email@example.com.
Photo credit: Jean Haxaire
BWARS Species Info sheet