Invasive Species Alert – HAVE YOU SEEN THIS INSECT?


Asian Hornet Flyer(pdf), CLICK to download
Asian Hornet Trap Mk2(pdf), CLICK to download

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https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/beekeepers-voluntary-registration

To all Beekeepers

Please find attached two documents updating information on Asian Hornet of relevance to beekeepers following a further finding of Asian Hornet in Scotland recently

1. Asian Hornet Flyer
Details and pictures of the Asian Hornet to help with identification and reporting links on the Invasive Species Ireland website for anyone who suspects they may have seen one
2. Asian Hornet Trap Mk2
An updated leaflet from NBU showing the construction of a homemade trap for monitoring/controlling purposes of Asian Hornet

This species isn’t likely to be imported along with bees but very likely as hibernating queens in cargo and transport from Europe (but not exclusively). Following the initial introduction into France, Asian Hornet’s have spread into Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Germany and now the UK with a confirmed nest in England in 2016 and a Asian Hornet find in Scotland in 2017. While this pest is a threat to pollinators it is a particularly serious predator of honey bees, beekeepers are encouraged to raise their awareness of this pest and their ability to identify it should it arrive. This will be helped by increasing monitoring in their apiaries by visual observations at the hives and by placing of Asian Hornet traps within the apiary. Keeping up-to-date with the latest findings and spread of this pest will help to access the level of risk to their colonies.

Any suspect sighting should be reported to NIEA via http://www.invasivespeciesireland.com/alien-watch/. Suspect samples should be forwarded to the AFBI Entomology Labs at Newforge Lane. It is important to report suspect sightings immediately to the Invasive Species Ireland website and forward suspect samples to AFBI for confirmed analysis to ensure follow-up. Beekeepers are also encouraged to voluntary register their apiaries with DAERA to help us to identify sites where this pest might be found and alert beekeepers in the vicinity in the event of a finding. Further information on registration can be found at https://www.daera-ni.gov.uk/articles/beekeepers-voluntary-registration.

Tom Williamson

Plant Health Inspection Branch - Forest Service
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
Atek Building
Edenaveys Industrial Estate
Newry Road
Armagh, BT60 1NF
Tel: (028) 3889 2374