The Asian Hornet (vespa velutina) is an invasive, non-native hornet to the UK. They are highly aggressive predators of our native insects and pose a real threat to honey bees and pollinators. Originally from Asia, they were accidentally introduced to France in 2004 and spread rapidly. A number of sightings have been recorded in the UK since 2016. It’s important that any new sightings are reported immediately.
How to spot an Asian Hornet:
- They have a dark brown or black velvety body;
- They have a yellow or orange band on fourth segment of abdomen;
- They have yellow tipped legs;
- They are smaller than the native European Hornet; and
- They are not active at night.
Can you recognise an Asian Hornet?
What to do if you spot an Asian Hornet
Report all sightings, preferably with a photo, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also use the Asian Hornet Watch mobile phone app to report sightings with a GPS location and identify different species easily confused with the hornet such as the European Hornet, Giant Wood Wasp and the Hornet Hoverfly.
Download the Asian Hornet Watch app: