11th April 2014 - Message from the National Bee Unit regarding the Asian Hornet.
The Asian hornet, Vespa velutina, is a predator of honey bees and other beneficial insects. It has recently extended its geographical range from Asia to mainland Europe following an accidental
introduction to France, and is now also present in Spain, Belgium, Portugal and Italy. Adult hornets are highly mobile; the rate of spread across France is approximately 100 km/year. Incidents
of this exotic insect reaching the UK, and being dealt with, have already occurred. However, vigilence is required if we are to have any chance of controlling this inspect becoming established
in the UK.
The message to Beekeepers from the NBU is as follows:
• April is the ideal time of year to look out for emerging queens, who can build new nests;
• Make sure you know how to recognise Asian hornets – a very helpful ID sheet can be downloaded from the NNSS website at http://www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/index.cfm?id=4
• Know where to report sightings: email@example.com
• Our best defence against the Asian hornet is to quickly detect any arrivals and prevent them from establishing;
• Trapping is expected to aid this;
• Please visit the Asian hornet pages on BeeBase click here to read updated guidance for beekeepers, including information on early monitoring and trap design. You can also access the full Response Plan through these pages.
An interesting set of videos related to the problems posed by the Asian Hornet can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCz2mmKhYUpQJEviiAzOEqA
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