An Asian hornet nest has been found by Defra Bee Inspectors following the sighting of hornets by a beekeeper on 18th Sept in an apiary in Woolacombe, North Devon. NBU Bee Inspectors are presently working to locate and destroy any further possible nests that may be in the area. Further details of the sighting in Devon can be found on the Non-native species information portal.
You may also recall in Sept 2016 an Asian hornet was also identified in an apiary in Tetbury and Defra Bee Inspectors promptly tracked down and destroyed a nest to contain this incursion so now would be an opportune time to refresh our knowledge of this invasive pest and consider monitoring for it. Further guidance on the Asian hornet can be found on the Asian hornet pages of BeeBase where you will find a very useful Asian hornet ID sheet and Asian hornet poster which is available for identification purposes.
Our best defence against the Asian hornet is to quickly detect any arrivals and prevent them from establishing. Along with spending time observing the activity at the hives and surrounding flora such as Ivy, traps are an excellent aid to help early detection. When monitoring for the hornet, please use both sweet and protein based baits in separate traps as the nest may still be expanding and requiring protein to feed it’s young. A simple monitoring trap has been designed for the Asian hornet and an Asian hornet trap making video to help assist you in doing this.
You can now report sightings with your smart phone or tablet, by using the ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ app for Androids and iOS. The app also uses GPS which allows the user to submit the exact location of their finding, allowing any confirmed sightings to be followed up quickly and efficiently. Alternatively, you can submit your sighting via CEDaR online recording. When doing so, please include as much information as possible, including where and when you saw the sighting, your name, contact number and if possible an image.