Vespa velutina, sometimes known as the ‘Asian hornet’ is an invasive non-native species from Asia. If you find one you MUST report it. It arrived in France in 2004 and has spread rapidly. As a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, it can cause significant losses to bee colonies, other native species and potentially ecosystems

It is expected that the places it is most likely to be found in numbers are in southern parts of England (it may be able to cross the channel from France) or in goods among which it could be accidentally imported (such as soil with imported pot plants, cut flowers, fruit and timber).  Active between April and November (peak August/September).

It’s Asian Hornet Week and you can help combat this serious threat to honey bees and other pollinators. Keep a look out for their ‘yellow socks’ and a single orange/yellow band on the abdomen, then report your sighting if you do see any.

Is this an Asian Hornet 

1 Does it look very black?

2.Has it got a wide orange stripe on 4th segment of abdomen? 

3.Do its legs look as if they have been dipped in yellow paint?

Look out for nests too: 

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