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Asian Hornet Identified in North Devon: 26 September 2017
The National Bee Unit has confirmed a sighting of the Asian hornet in North Devon which was spotted by a beekeeper in their apiary on the 18th September 2017. The contingency response has been initiated and a press release has been issued by Defra.
Last page Update 29/09/2017
Asian Hornets were found in Guernsey but what do they look like?
Three adult Asian Hornets were found near Torteval Church in Guernsey on July 27.
The species, also known as the Vespa Velutina, have also been spotted in Jersey, Alderney and Sark.
Read and see more at Somersetlive
Last page Update 31/07/2017
Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina)
17 March 2017 update:
SG today confirmed that a single Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina had been identified at a retail warehouse in the central belt of Scotland. The Asian Hornet is a non-native species and a serious predator of honey bees and other pollinators which has recently become established in Europe. There are no more public health risks associated with Asian hornets than with other bees or wasps.
Asian hornets were first identified in the GB during autumn 2016, that outbreak was dealt with and no further reports have been confirmed since. It is not possible to identify the origin of this individual and no further sightings have been made, however for surveillance purposes SG has placed Asian Hornet traps in the area and alerted the pest control industry and beekeepers to be vigilant for this species
At the AGM meeting of Member Associations on the 4th March at the Elan Valley Hotel, the National Bee Unit officer Frank Gellatly updated the WBKA on the present situation concerning the Asian Hornet.
The National Bee Unit has available for download an Asian Hornet identification fact sheets and a poster to raise awareness of the treat to our bee colonies and Apiaries.
All member association and their indirect beekeeping members, Independent Members of WBKA and the visiting website Beekeeper; are requested to assist in the monitoring of the incursion, of the Asian Hornet into the Wales and the UK. This can be achieved by placing out traps and monitoring those insects caught, together with reporting any suspicious looking Asian Hornets caught.
Asian Hornet traps can either be purchased from one of the Bee Suppliers or alternatively for the DIY’er; details of constructing a homemade trap is available for down load from the NBU website.
|ID sheet 1||ID Poster||An Asian hornet monitoring trap'|
“If you think you have seen an Asian hornet, please notify the Great British Non Native Species Secretariat alert email address at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately. Additionally, you can report sightings on their website. As well as this function, the website provides a great deal of information about the wide ranging work that is being done to tackle invasive species and tools to facilitate those working in this area.”
There has been a confirmed finding of Asian hornet in the UK. Work to find, destroy and remove any nests is already underway, and includes:
• setting up a three mile surveillance zone around the location of the initial sighting
• opening a local control centre to coordinate the response
• deploying bee inspectors across the area who will use infrared cameras and traps to locate any nests
• readying nest disposal experts who will use pesticides to kill the hornets and destroy any nests
Read more here: Press Release
Asian Hornet European Hornet
Asian Hornet Nest Image: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com
It has been a confirmed that an Asian Hornet has been found in the UK for the first time
Anyone who believes they have found a nest should not go near it and report it to email@example.com
Asian Hornet Image: http://www.nationalbeeunit.com
Last page updae 7/03/2017