The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and is a predator of honey bees. Adult workers measure from 25mm in length and queens can be as large as 30mm. The abdomen is mostly black except for the fourth abdominal segment which is a yellow band located towards the rear. It has characteristic yellow legs – it is often called the yellow legged hornet – and its face is orange with two brownish red compound eyes. Technically it is not legally notifiable; however, please report sightings to the GB Non-native species secretariat.
How to spot an Asian hornet:
- has a dark brown or black velvety body
- has a yellow or orange band on fourth segment of abdomen
- has yellow tipped legs
- is smaller than the native European hornet
- is not active at night.
The European hornet for comparison:
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