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Asian Hornet

With the recent confirmed sighting of an Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire it is important for beekeepers to be aware of what an Asian hornet looks like and to remain vigilant.

Asian Hornet
Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina)

The easiest way to differentiate the Asian hornet from the more common European hornet (Vespa carabro) is by looking at the abdomen. The Asian Hornets abdomen is almost entirely dark in colour except for the fourth segment which is yellow.

Identifying Asian HornetsMore information about identification, where to report sightings and other background information is available from the Nation Bee Unit website.