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Asian Hornet

Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina)

13 April 2018


The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) National Bee Unit has confirmed sighting of the Asian hornet in the Bury area of Lancashire. 

DEFRA issued a press release on 13 April 2018 about the sighting, the full text of which can be accessed here:

  • The Asian Hornet is an invasive non-native species from Asia which is a highly effective and aggressive predator of insects and can cause significant loss to bee colonies and other native species, monitoring for its arrival is strongly recommended.  All beekeepers should therefore be on the look-out and further advice on what to look for and guidance on how to make a hornet trap are available via BeeBase:


    • If you think you have seen an Asian Hornet, please notify the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS):


    • by email: alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk

    • or by completing the Asian Hornet reporting form which can be accessed via the NNSS website:

    • If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet you can report this using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ or be emailing alertnonnative@ceh.ac.uk  Identification guides and more information are available (http://www.nonativespecies.org/alerts/asianhornet).

    Samples and photographs may be sent to Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) for confirmation.  Please provide your address and contact details along with as much detail as possible about the hornet (e.g. the shape, size, colour of the body and legs as well as information on where you found it).  Packages should be marked: “Asian Hornet sample” and sent to:

    Fiona Highet (Entomology Manager)

    Virology and Zoology Section

    Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA)

    Roddinglaw Road


    EH12 9FJ


    If you still have any concerns then please contact BeesMailbox@gov.scot and one of our colleagues will get back to you.