Earlier this week the first UK record of the non-native Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina, was confirmed in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. Since then a response team has been in the area carrying out further surveillance to locate and, if found destroy any Asian Hornet nests.
Please keep an eye out for this species and report any potential sightings by using the online form, preferably with the addition of an image.
It is worth pointing out that our native species, the European Hornet, Vespa crabro, seems to be having a good year and is currently very active. It is also expanding its range and becoming a much more common sight across southern and central England and northwards. Asian Hornets are slightly smaller than the European Hornet and have considerably less yellow in their markings as well as having contrasting dark upper and bright yellow lower coloration on their legs compared to the reddish brown legs of V. crabro. For more detailed information and help on identification of the Asian Hornet please also see the Asian Hornet Information Sheet
For an overview of the species and its status in GB please see: