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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

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October 20, 2011
Why is the Asian hornet a problem?

The Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) is a voracious predator of honey bees capable of wiping out individual bee hives.  It also can kill a range of native species of insects such as bumble bees, flies and spiders. With our honey bees and other pollinators already under pressure having an additional predator would not be welcome.  You can read more about the risks posed by the Asian hornet in recent articles in BeeCraft Magazine (September and October 2011).  The full GB Non Native Species Risk Assessment for Vespa velutina, the Asian hornet, can be viewed here.