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
- 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.
More information on the Asian hornet is available on BeeBase.
If you think you have seen an Asian hornet, please notify the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- First published
- 17 January 2019
- Last updated
- 8 September 2022
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