• Asian Hornet Watch app

    Asian Hornet Watch

    It is important to report any suspected sighting of Asian hornets as soon as possible.

    Vigilance is particularly required in southern parts of England and Wales and around major ports.  The Asian hornet is active mainly between April and November and is inactive over the winter.

    For quick identification, please download the Asian Hornet Watch app on either iPhone or Android free of charge.

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Which of these are Asiant Hornets?
 A

B






Which of these is an Asian Hornet?
A

B
C






Which of these is an Asian Hornet?
A

B
C






Which of these is an Asian Hornet?
  A

  B





What Temperature might you find an Asian Hornet active?
A - 10°c
B - 15°c
C - Either 



What best describes the sound of an Asian Hornet Flying?
A - Higher pitched whine than a bee
B - Same as a bumble Bee
C - Similar to a European Hornet 



Which of these places might you find a Asian Hornet primary nest?
A - Under a porch roof
B  - In a garden shed
C - Either



Where might you find an Asian Hornet in the Spring?
A - On Camelias
B - On Spring Flowers
C - Either



Do Asian Hornets have multiple nests?
A - Yes
B - No
C - Sometimes



Where might you find Asian Hornets in the summer?
A - Hawking by flowers that attract pollinators
B - Hawking by Beehives
C - Either



Could you find an Asian hornet nest in these places?
A - Hedge
B - House eaves
C - Either



What time of year might you first find a secondary nest?
A - Autumn
B - Summer
C - Either



What three tasks would the NBU like AHAT Volunteers to do?
A - Helping to find Asian Hornets, setting up kill traps, use the AH App
B - Publicity, monitoring traps/ bait stations and sending ID sample/photos 
C - Educate themselves about eradication techniques, do nothing until instructed, only act when containment has failed



How would you best record a possible sighting?
A - On the mobile phone app Asian Hornet Watch
B - By email to the NNSS alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk
C - Use the app, email nnss & contact the local AHAT on org.uk Asian Hornet and use the interactive map to find local AHAT contact


How should you capture an Asian Hornet?
A - Using a shrimping or butterfly net and put into a small recepticle
B - Use a fly swatter or let it land on a surface and trap it in an upturned glass and transfer to a container
C - Either of the above.

What to do if you do not have time to report?
A - Take a photo on your phone and make a note of the location and time
B - Tell someone else immediately who can help to record and report
C - Assume someone else will spot it as well because you did

What do you do if you have incomplete information such as a good photo but are uncertain of location?
A - Report via app or by email to nnss and copy in local AHAT for help
B - Wait until info complete
C - Ask NBU for help

How to set up a bait station?
A - You have permission to locate it. Set it up where you can observe it safely & easily and any attracted insects will not be a nuisance to others 
B - Set it up as quickly as possible to get results without concern for your own and others safety, it will soon be moved anyway
C - Just do it

How to get help if unsure?
A- Refer immediatly to NBU, bbka or AHAT websites. ASK local AHAT contact ASAP 
B - Ask a neighbour who has local knowledge
C - Get a suitable book when next in the library

Should we eradicate a nest where we can reach them?
A - Yes with whatever is to hand working as quickly as possible
B - No, make a note of location, advise NBU,NNSS keeping a suitable distance and await professional help with adequate protection. Bee suits are not sufficient
C- Always use a hose pipe or can of wasp killer as on  shown You Tube

When setting out to locate a possible sighting or nest, what should you do
A - Ensure some one knows of your intentions, the intended location and return time
B - Get there as quickly as possible, as locating the Asian Hornet is more important than ensuring you have back up or permission to access the location
C - Consider the weather and plan the trip for the following weekend as you want to be the one to find them
What to include when setting out for a potential sighting or nest?
A - A note of location, Google Maps and directions, your mobile phone,  a snack and drink, clothing suitable for unexpected weather, having read The Asian Hornet Handbook relevant section.
B - A big stick, ladder and box of wasp killer sprays
C - A six pack , music system, camera, sun cream and some mates

How do you describe an Asian Hornet?
A - Orange face, Totally black/dark brown thorax, Yellow Socks, Thin yellow strip near waist. Broad yellow strip near tail.
B - Like a big wasp only darker
C - Similar to most bees only bigger, they vary

Thinking about Landmarks, what type will indicate the flight direction most readily?
A - One that is close by
B - Any type
C - A distant landmark.

Name some likely causes of compass deviation in the field?
A - Mobile phone, vehicle
B - Iron or steel item close by
C -  Either of the above.

Is marking Asian Hornets legal?
A - Marking is legal, they must not be restrained in order to mark and release
B - Legal as you are intending to track
C - No


Can you legally practice marking Asian Hornets by marking European Hornets on a bait station?
A - No, you are then releasing them
B - Yes, as European Hornets are not an invasive species having arrived some 200+ years ago. This can help you gain confidence with hornets which are normally docile away from their nest.
C - There is no practical advantage by doing this

If you manage to mark a hornet without restraining it, and note after repeated returns, that time elapsed reduces to 4 minutes, approximately how far away is the nest likely to be?
A - 40 meters
B - 400 meters
C - 500 meters

If you have watched a Honet fly away for 4 seconds before it disappeared, how far has it flown?
A - 12 meters
B - 36 meters
C - 10 meters

If you are going out to track a potential Asian Hornet then you must follow the advice from the NBU, BBKA, AHAT Code Of Practice and the Etiquette( Asian Hornet Handbook), so  once you are First Responder- Certified  do you 
A - Take a leaflet to explain the issue, engage with people, get permission to go on to owners land, leave a phone number, never leave unattended bait stations. Park considerately. Follow the country code or be a good neighbour.
B - Leave a contact card, on your car, use NBU literature, use right of access only
C - Encourage the help of locals and set them up with a bait station, leave them to it.

Thinking about checking a sighting, what to get setup for tracking
A - Ensure back up/ buddy backup, Map, Google Maps, Bait Station, Queen catcher, uni Posca marker, timer, Binoculars, Compass, notebook and pen, Food, drink, stool, and if in a team wakie-talkies or to use with your helpful local supporter.
B - Map, phone and a snack
C - Keep it simple, drive out using satnav and have a look, speed is of the essence


Thinking about a potential sighting Who do you share information with?
A- Anyone and always the local newspaper or website and social media to spread the word
B - Always the NBU, NNSS, AHAT and your local team to ensure a measured response by the appropriate channels.
C- Your friends, family and local media,


When considering a field trip, do you?
A - Think first about your return and keeping those around you informed of your intentions and likely location and timings. Also send emails detailing your plans to your team. Ensure you know the area you plan to visit is safe and that you will be operating within your skill , safety and mobility limits.
B - Zip out quick,because someone will sort it out later if needed
C - Go, because it is just a trip into the country

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