Asian Hornets

Usually nesting high in trees and man-made structures, but sometimes closer to the ground. They predate our beloved honey bees, other insects and also feed on fruit and flowers.
Some key identity features include:
  • entirely dark brown or black velvety body
  • abdomen black/brown, fourth segment yellow/orange
  • legs brown with yellow ends
  • queens up to 30mm and workers up to 25mm
There have been a number of sightings in the UK. It is extremely important that any possible sightings are correctly identified. The Asian Hornet is a non-native invasive species and must be dealt with by professionals and must be reported immediately.
Similar species are the European Hornet, Giant Woodwasp, Hornet Mimic Hoverfly and the Median Wasp.
Further information can be found at www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/asian hornet.