These resources are available for members of the general public, beekeepers and anyone interested in learning more about the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax). There are also links to research being carried out in an effort to prevent the slow down invasion of Asian hornets into the UK.
- A4 Asian hornet identification sheet (PDF)
- A5 Asian hornet poster (PDF)
- Small wallet size card (PDF)
- The Asian hornet handbook, Sarah Bunker (2019)
- The Asian hornet: threats, biology and expansion, Stephen Martin (2017)
Public health pest management
- Asian hornets: First UK use of radio tags to find nest (2018)
- Searching for nests of the invasive Asian hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) using radio-telemetry (2018)
- Aliens: The invasive species Bulletin (2012)
- Asian Hornet biology (2020)
- Asian hornet genetics (2020)
- Life for the bees: the fight against the Asian predator (2019)
- Is it an Asian hornet or not? (2016)
- The Asian Hornet by Dr Tomás Murray, Biodiversity Centre, Ireland (2018)
Did you know?
The first report of an Asian hornet in Europe was in 2004 near the city of Bordeaux in France. It is likely that the introduction was caused by a single queen transported by a cargo ship from the Chinese provinces of Zhejiang and Jiangsu. In the following years the species spread rapidly in the French territory colonizing most of the nation and subsequently entered in Italy. It then arrived in Italy in 2012, when some adult Asian hornets were captured in Liguria; first nests were discovered in 2013 in Liguria and Piedmont regions.
Source: Stop Vespa Asiatica