What a surprise this morning to hear the about the Asian Hornet on BBC Today programme on Radio 4 (The Home Service – for the older readers!) After the usual stories the last item on the 7am news was the Asian Hornet. I now know that bee keepers are forming a Dad’s Army to look out for this invasion!
In fact the BBC has taken it further and there is an additional entry on the BBC website. Full marks to see that the media has taken it seriously and stuck to the truth.
All of this comes on the back of confirmed sighting in the UK. The sighting was in Monmouth and confirmed as plausible on the BBKA site. Alarming that this occurrence was so far from expected points of entry.
This is not a time to relax and I ask that all bee keepers continue to monitor their traps. When you do your weekly visit to your hives as described in the June Tasks pause as you approach the hive and look for signs of hawking.
It is probably too late to see secondary nests in trees, too many leaves, but if you are out walking keep your eyes open for Asian Hornets. Though hawking at hives is their preferred food source that does not rule out being found in any place there are other flying insects