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Asian hornet: how to spot and report the pest

Published: 17 Jan 2019

Advice on what to do if you spot this pest of honey bees.

Published:
17 Jan 2019
Asian hornet: how to spot and report the pest

The Asian hornet (vespa velutina), is a predator of honey bees. It is an invasive non-native species from Asia and can cause significant loss to bee colonies and other native species, monitoring for its arrival is strongly recommended.

How to spot an Asian hornet

Asian hornets:

  • have a dark brown or black velvety body
  • have a yellow or orange band on fourth segment of abdomen
  • have yellow tipped legs
  • are smaller than the native European hornet
  • are not active at night

Guidance on how to identify an Asian hornet and report any suspected sightings is available on the GB non-native species secretariat website.

If you suspect they are present within your colonies you must report it. If you think you have seen an Asian hornet, please notify the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) by email: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk or via their app.

More information on the Asian hornet is available on BeeBase.

Contact

For further help and advice contact your local Scottish Government area office

If you think you have seen an Asian hornet, please notify the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) by email: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk