Asian Hornet

For identification help, please read the Non-Native Species leaflet here.

Please see the BBKA Page about Asian Hornet Action teams.

All Asian hornet sightings or nests should be reported (with a photograph or video) through the email address or the Asian Hornet Watch mobile app. 

Monitoring and Trapping - Monitoring traps can be used in the spring or late summer especially around risk points such as ports or areas where nests have occurred previously. A fact sheet and YouTube video on how to make an Asian hornet monitoring trap are available from the Asian hornet pages of BeeBase. 

Monitoring Trap plans available on this page at the National Bee Unit.

Watch this Video of how to make a trap on Youtube

It would be very helpful if all beekeepers who use monitoring traps were encouraged to record their use on BeeBase by editing their apiary records, how to do this is described on page 9 of Beekeeper Pages FAQ



Insurance Issues 

The insurance cover that is provided is excellent and covers all that Beekeepers do in the normal process of beekeeping including swarm collecting.
Beekeepers are insured for beekeeping activities including swarm collections BUT They are NOT insured if trespassing or entering areas without the landowners permission, They are NOT insured if involved in trapping and releasing Asian Hornets as this is an illegal activity, Asian Hornets are an invasive species and sightings must be reported. Members of the public have NO insurance through the BBKA unless participating in Beekeeping activities with BBKA members. 
Beekeepers involved in tracking hornets or searching for hornet nests in order to protect their bees are not insured if climbing ladders, trees or scaling buildings above the height specified in their BBKA policy concerning swarm collection. Beekeepers should only be involved in tracking activities directed by the NBU and will not be insured if they are practically involved in Asian Hornet nest destruction, this will be undertaken by specialist Pest Controllers appointed by the NBU. 

During a NBU response. (this will be led by Bee Inspectors) 
• If the Asian Hornet is from Europe and there is no risk that it is from a local nest then nothing further will happen. 
• If flying Asian hornets are seen then a contingency response will be initiated and the local association contacted. Alerts will be sent out from BeeBase across the county to increase awareness. 


4 Jan 2019, 05:33