The Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina) is a not native to the UK. This autumn there have been a number of sighting of this insect. Although they do not pose a greater health risk than other hornets or bees, they do pose a risk to honey bees and other pollinating insects.

There were sightings in Guildford, New Alresford and Brockenhurst. Experts from the National Bee Unit (NBU) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) have been destroying any active nests.

How to spot an Asian Hornet

Asian Hornets

  • 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

Both the and the National Bee Unit have further information and photos.