First Asian Hornet of 2022 Confirmed

First Asian Hornet of 2022 Confirmed
Friday 29 April 2022

The first Asian Hornet of 2022 on the British mainland has been confirmed at Felixstowe in Suffolk.

The National Bee Unit is carrying out enhanced monitoring and awareness raising together with local beekeepers after a single insect, confirmed to be Vespa velutina was killed at a sentinel apiary, reported by a beekeeper.

Last year there were 2 Asian Hornet nests found on the mainland at Ascot in Berkshire and Portsmouth in Hampshire in October.
There has only been one other spring sighting of Asian Hornets at Bury in Lancashire in 2018.
Beekeepers in Suffolk are asked to be on alert for hornets around their hives.

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