Asian Hornet picture (note yellow legs).
As you will no doubt be aware, the Asian Hornet was sighted in the UK during September 2016. Although there have been no sightings in our area (yet…), we must be alert to the possibility of the threat in the coming months.
The National Bee Unit have produced a helpful fact sheet which can be viewed on their website here: www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageId=208
The fact sheet has links to download Identification Sheets and a useful guide to making a monitoring trap.
The National Non-native Species Secretariat also have a guide here: www.nonnativespecies.org//alerts/index.cfm?id=4
Also of interest to many beekeepers is the mobile phone app developed by the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology which can be downloaded for free for Android via Google Play and for iOS via iTunes.