The Asian or “Yellow Legged” Hornet, Vespa velutina, is spreading in Europe and in 2016, reached the UK. First found in France in 2004, perhaps imported in a shipment of pottery from Asia, the Asian Hornet has adapted to European climate. This hornet, like all wasps, is a predator. Most worrisome is the ability of the Asian Hornets to enter bee hives, attack and kill bees. Hornets have been known kill sufficient bees to eliminate colonies.
Beekeepers in the UK have been put on alert as Asian Hornets are expected to spread throughout the UK. Where possible measures to slow the spread or manage this invasive pest will intensify.