Asian Hornets

Asian Hornet

Vespa velutina, sometimes known as the 'Asian hornet’ is an invasive non-native species from Asia.  It arrived in France in 2004 where it spread rapidly.  As a highly effective predator of insects, including honey bees and other beneficial species, it can cause significant losses to bee colonies, other native species and potentially ecosystems.  

A number of sightings have been recorded in the UK since 2016,  find out the latest information on sightings here. Active months between April and November (peak August/September).  Inactive over the winter

Further information including an app to send in details of sightings and identification sheets are available on the GB Non Native Species Secretariat website

Sightings can also be reported online below. 


Asian Hornet reporting form »


Or send an email with a photograph and location details to

Danger: This Hornet Stings, do not under any circumstances disturb or provoke an active nest.

Asian Hornet diagram, showing defining features of the asian hornet over other insects which it may appear similarly

Side by side asian and european hornets showing the asiam hornet is almost complely dark where the european hornet is significantly yellow


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