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Vespa velutina the Asian Hornet also known as the yellow legged Hornet a native to Asia. Usually nests in high in trees, or man made structures, sometimes closer to the ground; hunts honey bees, other insects and also feeds on fruit and flowers. It is a non native species and if seen should be reported to www.nonnativespecies.org Although there have not been any further sightings since Tetbury and Scotland It is at this time of year the hornet predates more actively on Honey Bees. Portugal has declared it as being uncontainable, it has now been found in Switzerland. It is still one of the biggest threats to our bees so be vigilant. Do not disturb an active nest as they are extremely aggressive, if you suspect you have found an Asian Hornet you should send a photo to;  alert_nonnative@ceh.ac.uk

If it is safe to do so send a sample to the National Bee Unit for identification  


The  confirmed sighting in a apiary in the Woolacombe area in North Devon the nest was found and has been eradicated.

The Asian Hornet          Vespa velutina

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The Small Hive Beetle        Aethina tumida


No reported sightings in the UK;

 

Last reported sightings in Italy;

On 25 July 2016 Aethina tumida adults have been confirmed in an unregistered apiary located in the municipality of Grimaldi in the province of Cosenza. Subsequently, three other apiaries of the same unregistered beekeeper were found infested in the same municipality of Grimaldi and in the municipality of Altilia (in this case both adults and larvae were found).


Infested apiaries are located about 100 km from the protection zone of Gioia Tauro established in September 2014 following the first discovery of small hive beetle. The Ministry of Health has issued instructions for the destruction of the infested apiaries, the clinical inspections of hives present in a kilometre radius, the establishment of a protection zone of 10 km radius.

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