First sighting of a yellow-legged Asian hornet in the UK in 2021

Beekeepers and the public are being asked to remain vigilant after an Asian hornet was spotted in the Ascot area of Berkshire on 8 October, 2021.

A beekeeper in the Ascot area of Berkshire filmed live insects near a hive, photographed a dead Vespa velutina and reported the sighting using the using the ‘Asian hornet Watch' app.

The National Bee Unit has confirmed the sighting and monitoring is underway to detect any other Asian hornets in the vicinity. Click here to read more.

If you suspect you have seen an Asian hornet you should report the sighting using the iPhone and Android app ‘Asian Hornet Watch’ or by using the online report form. Alternatively, e-mail  

Please include a photograph if you can safely obtain one.


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