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Asian Hornets: An Invasive Species Crisis

This week is Invasive Species Week in the UK. The Asian Hornet (Vespa Velutina) is of particular concern to beekeepers as it is a highly effective predator of insects, including honeybees as well as other beneficial, native species. It can cause significant losses to bee colonies! Asian Hornets are a larger than a Wasp or a Bee but are similar in size to our native European Hornet. From a distance, the Asian Hornet looks quite dark in colour, with a black thorax.

Closer-up, you may notice its orange face, a solid-looking orange/yellow band on its abdomen and distinctive yellow legs.

It is important to report any suspected sightings of this species as soon as possible.

Please use any of the following to report any sightings.

Further Information:


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