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Asian Hornet

How to identify an Asian Hornet and what to do if you think you have seen one.

Why is the Asian Hornet a problem?

The Asian Hornet was introduced into France in 2004 where it has spread rapidly. It is a highly aggressive predator of insects such as honey bees and other important pollinators. Since 2016 a number of sightings have been recorded in the UK each year, usually in the south of England and channel islands. There appears to have been a significant increase in sightings in 2023.

How to identify an Asian Hornet.

Smaller than native hornets, Asian hornets can be identified by their orange faces, yellow tipped legs, velvety bodies, darker abdomens, and are active during the day, but never at night. They are not usually aggressive towards people unless they perceive a threat to their nest.

European hornets have brown tipped legs, long yellow antennae, and a mainly yellow abdomen with an obvious `waist.’

The Non-Native Species Secretariat (NNSS) have produced an excellent factsheet to help in the identification of Asian Hornets and distinguish them from native hornets.

What to do if you think you have seen an Asian Hornet.

It is important to to try to prevent the Asian Hornet becoming established in the UK. If you think you have seen an Asian Hornet you should report it, with a photo if possible, to the NNSS. There is no need to contact Stroud District Council. 

You can report sightings of this species:

What to do if you have a hornet's nest on your property.

Hornets often nest high in trees or buildings but may sometimes be found closer to the ground. If you have a hornet's nest on your property it is best not to disturb it and leave it to the experts. Stroud District Council's pest control team offer a low cost treatment service for wasp or hornet's nests. For more information click on this link:-

treatment service for wasp and hornet nests.

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