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Asian Hornets

Posted by lyndylou-388666 - Created: 3 years ago
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Posted by callac4ever - 3 years ago

Maybe have got them confused......but can assure you that being stuck in a barn or greenhouse with a waso that looks like it could carry a scud missile is not fun!

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Posted by blotto - 3 years ago

The Asiatic is slightly smaller than the European, and mainly black.  The fourth thorax on the abdomen is yellow (near the 'tail').  Not sure the sting is any worse than others, but they can be much more aggressive with multiple stings. My traps have caught and killed around 120 hornets this year, around 10% of which are Asiatic.  Glad to see the back of them!

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Posted by Jo Taylor-790528 - 3 years ago

There is far too much scaremongering out there.

The European Hornet (vespa crabro) is the largest you will see here.

The Asian Hornet (vespa velutina) that has moved into parts of Europe is smaller and darker than our native one:
They are no more dangerous to humans than the European version; their stings are no more toxic than a wasp. Only people with an allergy to wasp stings will be badly affected by a hornet sting.

The Asian Giant Hornet (vespa mandarinia) is the enormous one. They are not known to be in Europe.

The posting on the AI Facebook page seems to have muddled the two Asian types.

This is a good article:


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Posted by bunnyrocks - 3 years ago

Woody if you have access to face book AI Bretagne have put a photo of the hornet on their page (horrible looking thing) - https://www.facebook.com/AngloINFO.Brittany

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Posted by woody-383477 - 3 years ago


I often see hornets in my garden but don't know how to distinguish an Asian from a European one.  The ones I see are huge but I thought the Asian ones are smaller?

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Posted by callac4ever - 3 years ago

Hubby gets one in hit barn every year.......he hits it with a spade.....they are huge!