Please look at this pdf as it gives visuals of the Asian Hornet and similar insects that may be wrongly identified as this predator. If the poster can be printed out and displayed in a prominent place it will help spread the word - thank you.
PLEASE HELP TO FIND THESE NESTS
Please also download the App “Asian Hornet Watch” to your tablet or phone to assist with identifying these predators and report where it was seen too Agriculture, Countryside & Land Management Services (ACLMS) tel 234567
or via the App “Asian Hornet Watch”
NEWS UPDATE - TORTEVAL GUERNSEY Friday 08 September 2017
An Asian hornet nest has been discovered in Torteval.
The nest is in a Sycamore tree approximately 9m above ground level, and is estimated to measure approximately 30cm across. The nest has been treated with a powder insecticide this afternoon by a professional pest controller. It will be removed from the tree shortly once the pesticide has killed any live hornets. Once removed, the nest will be bagged and frozen to kill any remaining unhatched larvae.
To protect public safety, the location of the nest will not be disclosed until after it has been removed, as hornets may be aggressive if disturbed.
The discovery was made by Damian Harris, a local bee keeper, and has been verified by Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services (ACLMS).
NEWS UPDATE - ALDERNEY End August 2017
Image of Asian Hornet nest found low on ground in Brambles -- now destroyed. SEE IMAGE -- SHOWN LEFT.
NEWS UPDATE 27th July 2017
Three Asian Hornets which are believed to be female workers were caught yesterday at a property within about one hundred metres of the Torteval church and an abandoned embryo nest of approx 4cm x 6cm was cleared by the states from a property adjacent to the church. It was discovered in a Wendy house.
The workers were caught foraging on I believe aphids on a willow so this indicates they have young to feed as they are seeking protein
The nest found was the embryo nest that the queen builds raising a few workers who then abandon this to build the larger nest high in the tree canopy nearby.
There will be a nest in the early stages of development in this area
Members who have bees in this area are being organised to look for this nest which will probably at this stage be difficult to find.
We must not let up our search as should this nest not be found and produces Queens to overwinter then we will have a very big problem next year.
So please check and refresh your traps and add the protein element such as cat meat, prawns, mashed fish etc as an encouragement. Meat, fish etc will probably need to be replaced every few days. Don’t abandon the sweet liquid entirely as the hornet gets its reward from the larvae when it returns with mashed up insects but better still if it continues to get it in your trap.
The French cocktail used in traps is Biere Brune, vin blanc, Crème de Cassis or Sirop de cassis in the ratio of 2:1:.02 (500ml:250m:l50ml. Use a Ruby beer but not light ales, bitter or stout. Avoid beers with hops and burnt malt. Biere Brune is a strong sweet malt beer but whether it is available in Guernsey I am not sure.
Also be vigilant and alert your neighbours and friends to the possibility of there being more hornets around the island. If they can reach Torteval they can be developing nests anywhere.
STATES OF GUERNSEY MEDIA RELEASE REGARDING A POSSIBLE ASIAN HORNET SIGHTING IN SARK ON JULY 8th 2017
UPDATE -- THE RECENT SITING IN SARK HAS BEEN CONFIRMED AS AN ASIAN HORNET
The Release is shown below plus there is a downloadable pdf with clickable web addresses for notification and further information within the pdf .
IDENTIFICATION IMAGES OF THE ASIAN HORNET ARE SHOWN BELOW THE MEDIA RELEASE
PLEASE ALSO REFER TO PRESIDENTS MESSAGE HEADING ON THIS WEBSITE
BE VIGILANT AS A CONFIRMED SITING OF AN ASIAN HORNET HAS BEEN SEEN ON SARK ON JULY 8TH 2017
These are my Mark 2 Asian Hornet trap. Exactly the same as before but now the bottom of the bottle is not cut.
Before inverting the neck some foam rubber or sponge is pushed to the bottom onto that I have placed the mesh. This will prevent any insects from drowning the 5.5 mm holes near the top allow other insects to escape. The top cover is a shop bought trifle container.
The sponge absorbs the bate and provides a support for the mesh if added but not necessary as long as the foam is higher than the liquid.
These will be a lot easier to make.
PLEASE ALSO REFER TO PRESIDENTS MESSAGE HEADING ON THIS WEBSITE
JUNE 2016 Guernsey Beekeepers
should be aware that Asian Hornets (Vespa Velutina) have been found in:-
July 2016, another Asian Hornet has been spotted hawking in front of a hive.
UPDATE On October 23rd 2016, a large active Asian Hornets nest had been discovered 80 foot high on what looks like a Sycamore tree - (at the time of posting 24th October, discussions are ongoing on how to destroy it). Shown here is an image of the nest
There has been a possible sighting, but not confirmed at La Corbiere in Guernsey (August 2016) which is along the south coast of the island.
A sizeable nest has been found and destroyed near Tetbury in Gloucestershire (September 2016).
The current Bee Base News on the National Bee Unit's Website about this predator ..
Please ensure that your hornet traps and hives are monitored - PLEASE READ BELOW:-
So far no GBKA member here has reported seeing hornets hawking in front of their hive but then neither had the Beekeepers in Alderney although one suspected that he saw a single hornet in front of one of his hives that were positioned nearest to the French mainland last autumn. The first they new of a hornet being found was when a pest control company in Alderney was called in to destroy a "wasps nest" in St Anne. The insect was unknown to the operative who had the sense to get it identified and DEFRA subsequently confirmed the sighting, but by then the nest had been destroyed. No further hornet activity has been seen since
The danger time is in the autumn when Queens are looking to feed on a sweet solution when they need the carbohydrates prior to hibernation and in the spring when they are again looking for an energy kick. They will also behave like wasps in the late summer and be around picnic areas and as wasps work the recycling bins in the autumn there it is another potential area where they might be seen, a point I have made to the Environment Department
Being vigilant and maintaining the traps throughout the year but especially at these periods could save a lot of problems later on. An undiscovered queen will go on to build a nest housing 000's of hornets during a season which at the end of the season will produce in excess of 600 queens to overwinter for the next summer to start the cycle all over
Being vigilant can when they arrive and trapping them can reduce the amount of queens and hence nests by 97% , this is from trials conducted in France.
So please make as many traps as you need hang them in the vicinity of your hives and MAINTAIN THEM.
They are a highly aggressive predator of native insects and pose a significant risk to our honey bees
They are active from from Febrary to November and are most likely to be found close to bee hives.
The GBKA committee are keen to stress the importance of placing an Asian Hornet trap close to your hives and are looking at ways of providing these to members.
PLEASE SEE THE DOWNLOADABLE PDF FILES BELOW:-
Two PDF's showing how to make monitoring traps for the Asian Hornet are shown below:-
Simple AH trap - Fera
Acknowledgement to use the last PDF goes to Ivor Flatman of 'The Food & Environment Research Agency, who designed the trap and wrote the document.