With the first Asian hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) of the year being found on Sunday (2 January) by a member of the public in St Brelade, Jersey after being disturbed from hibernation, it's a reminder to us all to start thinking about monitoring for these non-native insects here on mainland UK.
The first Asian hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) of the year was found on Sunday 2 January 2020 (first confirmed sighting in 2019 was 6 February) by a member of the public in St Brelade, Jersey after being disturbed from hibernation. The insect was reported with a photograph which confirmed the sighting.
That is the question islanders on Jersey are being asked in their fight to contain the spread of the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) since 2016 when the first Asian hornet was confirmed. This follows the confirmed sighting of an empty nest discovered on Christmas Eve after potentially releasing dozens of queens, which may go on to form new nests in the spring. Asian hornet volunteers are now undergoing training to detect Asian hornets and Islanders have been urged to play their part.