Asian hornet identified in Gloucestershire

 

Please see the following message from the SBA Scientific Officer.

Today the National Bee Unit confirmed that Asian hornet workers have been positively identified in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. A 3-mile surveillance zone has been established and teams of bee inspectors are endeavouring to locate and destroy nests in the area.

This is the first confirmed detection of Asian hornet on the UK mainland. Earlier this year Asian hornets were confirmed on the Channel Islands.

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/asian-hornet-identified-in-gloucestershire

See this link for identification pictures. The earlier photo was of an Asian Giant Hornet which was inserted in error and is now removed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_predatory_wasp

 

There is no immediate threat to honey bees in Scotland but the confirmation of this pest in the UK is a serious cause for concern. At this stage we are uncertain how far north this pest will thrive.

Gavin Ramsay
SBA Scientific Officer