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Advice on what to do if you spot this pest of honey bees.
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
have a dark brown or black velvety body
have a yellow or orange band on fourth segment of abdomen
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:
firstname.lastname@example.org or via their app.
More information on the Asian hornet is available on BeeBase.