• Site updated 07/11/2018

Identification

Download the identification leaflet

ASIAN HORNET ACTION TEAM NEEDS YOUR HELP ----------- BECAUSE OF THIS
SEEN AN ASIAN HORNET?

If you think you may have seen an Asian Hornet and would like to report it locally to our our team please click here and give us some details on the form. We will help you identify it.

If you would like to report the sighting to a government department then you can report direct using this link

An ASIAN HORNET APP can be found at:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=uk.ac.ceh.hornets
and
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/asian-hornet-watch/id1161238813

More information can also be found at:

http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/

ASIAN HORNET aka Vespa Velutina


If you have some time to spare and would like to join any of the teams we are putting together to help with identifying and tracking outbreaks of Vespa Velutina in your area then you can indicate your desire to do so by clicking here to pass your name and contact information to a team leader.

You don’t have to be a member of a Beekeeping Association to join us in this effort to keep Asian Hornets from establishing themselves in this country, just an enthusiasm for the task and the time to devote until a possible invasion is dealt with. Hopefully we will never have to put the Asian Hornet Action teams to work but we need to have the manpower available in the event of a colony of these insects trying to develop anywhere in your area.
Check your sightings against these photos.
The photos below should help you DECIDE if what you have seen is an ASIAN HORNET or a EUROPEAN HORNET and merits reporting.
Reporting European Hornet by mistake will waste resources and time.
Asian Hornets are a notifiabe invasisve species and must be reported to the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Non Native Species Secretariat and National Bee Unit
ASIAN HORNET, Vespa velutina

EUROPEAN HORNET, Vespa crabro



Space between lines above is 5mm. Vespa velutina is about 38mm in length whereas Vespa crabro is 44mm from head to tail By comparison a common wasp queen is about 20mm in length and a worker is 12mm to 17mm
On about the same scale these are the two we are all familiar with:
Other beneficial hornet mimics.

Hornet Mimic Hoverfly - V.c mimic hoverfly - Hornet Robberfly

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