Call to look out for the non-native Asian or Yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina)

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, through the Asian Hornet Watch app available free from iTunes and Google Play, or by email to

Photo credit: Jean Haxaire

Useful resources:
BWARS Species Info sheet

Non-native species Alert page

Asian Hornet Identification sheet download

Credit: Non-native Species Secretariat

Asian Hornet Action Team – advice against using traps

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