Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina

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Short description of Vespa velutina, Asian Hornet

Slightly smaller than native hornets; queens up to 30mm, workers up to 25mm.  Distinctive: thorax velvety black/dark brown; abdominal segments brown with fine yellow band, only the fourth segment almost entirely yellow-orange. Legs brown with yellow ends; head black with orange-yellow face.

Description of Vespa velutina, Asian Hornet status in GB

Presence of Asian hornet was confirmed in UK in September 2016.

Habitat summary: Vespa velutina, Asian Hornet

Mainly in areas with deciduous trees where nests are built; sometimes in or around buildings where these provide suitable nest sites.

Overview table

Environment: Terrestrial
Species status: Non-Native
Native range: China, Indian Subcontinent, Indo-China, Malesia
Functional type: Predator
Status in England: Non-Native
Status in Scotland: Non-Native
Status in Wales: Non-Native
Location of first record: Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Date of first record: 20

Distribution map

GB Distribution from NBN Atlas

Author's name:

Marc Botham, David Hubble, Helen Roy

Last updated:

September 21st 2016

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