Asian hornets (Vespa velutina) are easier to spot as the leaves fall from our deciduous trees and pollen and nectar on ivy (one of their favourites) becomes abundant. Honey bees are another favourite because they live as a colony so provide a feast, but no insect species is safe.
Please put monitoring traps where you can watch them, perhaps from your kitchen window.
- 11 October 2019 – Christchurch, Dorset
A second Asian hornet nest was found and destroyed. Thought to be a primary nest, it has been removed and is being tested for genetic links to the one previously found
- 1 October 2019 – Christchurch, Dorset
A member of the public sighted an Asian hornet. A nest was found high in an oak tree and has been destroyed but 2 more sightings are being investigated
- 9 September 2019 – south west of Ashford, Kent
A member of the public sighted a single Asian hornet. It has been captured; NBU surveillance continues
- 2 September 2019 – Tamworth, Staffordshire
The National Bee Unit confirmed a sighting of an Asian hornet after it was reported by a member of the public. The nest was found and destroyed
- 3 July 2019 – New Milton, Hampshire
The National Bee Unit confirmed a sighting of an individual, female Asian hornet after it was reported by a member of the public. Based upon visual examination, the hornet is likely to be a queen
It is vital that members of the public are made aware of this threat; an increasing number of sightings are reported by people who are not beekeepers.
Please spread the word.