Tag Archives: Colours

Asian Hornet

With the recent discovery of an Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) and nest in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire, and the further discovery of an Asian hornet and nest in Woolacombe, North Devon 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 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.

Sightings should be reported to Great British Non Native Species Secretariat and our Asian Hornet Action Team leader Colin Lodge.

Also see the Asian Hornet Action Team website


Queen Marking Colours

The international queen marking colours code was created to allow beekeepers to mark their queens using a code which all other beekeepers, wherever they were in the world, would understand.

The colours are used to show which year the queen was born in, they also help to enable beekeepers to spot the queen when doing a hive inspection.

Year ending inColourMnemonic
1 or 6WhiteWill
2 or 7YellowYou
3 or 8 RedRear
4 or 9GreenGood
5 or 0BlueBees?