Now get ready for the return of the Asian hornets! Warning issued after invasive insects were detected in the UK

Now get ready for the return of the Asian hornets! Warning issued after nasty biting invasive insects were detected in the UK for the first time in five months

  • The National Bee Unit urged beekeepers to ‘remain vigilant’ after one was spotted
  • The most recent Asian hornet was seen in Chelmsford, Essex, in August this year.
  • The National Museum of History says that yellow-legged hornets could eat bees

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Asian hornets that ‘attack’ bee hives and kill them have been spotted in the UK for the first time in five months.

The National Bee Unit has urged beekeepers to “remain vigilant” after one of the hornets was spotted in Chelmsford, Essex.

It is the first sighting of an Asian hornet since April, when one was found in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

And the Natural History Museum says that yellow-footed and striped hornets could eat our bees.

The National Bee Unit has urged beekeepers to “remain vigilant” after one of the hornets was spotted in Chelmsford, Essex. stock image

Bee expert Gavin Broad told the Independent: ‘Hornets raid bee hives by sitting outside of them and capturing workers as they come and go.

They chop them up and feed the thorax to their young.

The hornets first arrived in Europe by accident when they were spotted in France in 2004 and are believed to have made it into the country on a shipment of goods from East Asia.

They are believed to have decimated the bee population in France and have since spread to neighboring countries.

And the Natural History Museum says yellow-footed and striped hornets could eat our bees

And the Natural History Museum says yellow-footed and striped hornets could eat our bees

And the Natural History Museum says yellow-footed and striped hornets could eat our bees

Nicola Spence, director of bee and plant health at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), told the publication: “By ensuring we are alerted to potential sightings as soon as possible, we can take swift and effective action. to seal off the threat posed by Asian hornets.

“This is why we are working full speed to locate and investigate any nests in the area following this confirmed sighting.”

Although hornets pose no greater threat to human health than a European hornet, anyone who sees one is urged to report it to the government.

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