Sorry to raise this issue again but it is something that has not gone away – in fact it is becoming more worrying.
There has been a sighting of the Asian Hornet in Bury in Greater Manchester on a cauliflower which was traced back to a farm in Lincolnshire. This one was identified as an Asian Hornet Queen – but it got away.
Estimates of the damage that the Asian Hornet can do vary but it is estimated that a single Asian Hornet can eat 50 or so honey bees a day.
It is suggested that the next two weeks are the most crucial if we are to prevent this pest becoming established in the UK.
I know I have said it before but there is an excellent ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ app available to download from the Apple and Android app stores which can be used for identification and reporting. This is not just for beekeepers but for anyone.