We must be on the lookout for this invasive predator of honey bees. Control will depend to a large extent on early identification and destruction of nests. Being able to identify the Asian Hornet, and particularly being able to distinguish it from the native European Hornet which is not a serious predator of honey bees, will be key factors in control.
Information is still coming in on the best way to deal with the Asian Hornet, so at the moment we can only advise members to be vigilant around their apiaries, use Monitoring traps with discretion, report any sightings [see below] and most importantly sign up with BeeBase and keep checking for the latest information.
The body is almost completely dark brown or black, with a distinctive yellow band on the 4th segment of the abdomen, and the lower legs are yellow.
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.
You can report also report sightings by email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a photo or on the Non-native Species Secretariat website.
Details on the appearance of an Asian hornet can be found on Bee Base guide or the non-native species identification guide.
The Great Britain Non-native Species Secretariat is a joint venture between Defra, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government to tackle the threat of invasive species. More information can be found on their website.
Next year the auction will have a change of venue away from Nordale Farm, where we have been for years, to an indoor site at Sunninghill School in Dorchester. Put a note into your diary to put a note in next year’s diary that it will be on Saturday 13th March 2018.
Mervyn Bown 01305 786090 – email@example.com
Chris Slade 01300 320777 – CSlade777@aol.com
Richard Norman 01305 786585 – Richard@wykeregis19.plus.com
Chris Slade is a long term beekeeper and President of Dorchester and Weymouth Beekeepers’ Association. He is also an author and blogger, to check out his blog use this link.
Dorset Beekeepers Association have a useful calendar outlining beekeeping jobs for the month and dates for your diary of key beekeeping events. You can find it at:
Following reorganisation, the bee inspection service is provided by APHA;
If you are concerned about the condition of your bees the local Bee Inspector will be able to visit your apiary and give advice.
Kevin Pope : 07775119466