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Asian Hornet sightings, identification and reporting

The Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina) is a highly aggressive predator of native insects and poses a significant threat to honey bees and other pollinators. It also feeds on other insects, fruit and flowers.

How to identify the Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina)

You can identify Asian Hornets by their:

  • velvety dark/dark brown mid-body
  • black head with an orange/yellow face
  • brown segments on the rear bordered with a fine yellow band
  • brown upper leg segment with yellow lower segments

Slightly smaller than the native European Hornet,  it is the only hornet or wasp with an entirely dark brown or black velvety body, bordered with a fine yellow band.

Natural Environment staff, together with numerous volunteers, will be monitoring reported sightings and tracking hornets back to their nests, where they can be destroyed.

Reporting sightings

Asian Hornet Watch app

The ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ app is available to download free of charge from the Apple and Android app stores.

The app allows you to take and send a picture and provides coordinates of the sighting. It also allows us to gather data on sightings.

Email

Send a photograph and location to the Asian Hornet coordinator

Phone

call +44 (0) 1534 441633 and leave your name, contact number, the parish where the sighting took place and some brief information on what you saw

Risk to human health

Asian Hornets presents no greater threat to human health than wasps or the native European hornets, but people should be cautious if the suspect Asian Hornets in the area.

Under no circumstances attempt to disturb a nest, Asian Hornets have been known to defend their nest area aggressively. Nests are usually found high in trees but can sometimes be:

  • in a building / roof space
  • be closer to the ground in a bramble bush for example

Further information

The Asian Hornet was introduced into Europe in 2004 and has since spread throughout France, Spain, Portugal and Italy. It arrived in Jersey in August 2016 and in the following year 17 nests were discovered and destroyed.  55 nests were destroyed in 2018.

Asian Hornet Identification leaflet

Hymettus information sheet on Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina)

Hymettus information sheet on European Hornet (Vespa crabo)

NNSS information sheet on Asian Hornet (Vespa velutina)

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