Asian hornet – DEFRA launch new app to report sightings
DEFRA has launched a new free app, designed to make it easy for members of the public to report sightings of the Asian hornet. Following the discovery of a nest in Gloucestershire last Autumn, there are fears that they could reappear again in the country, so the public are urged to report any sightings in order for inspectors to investigate and intervene. Asian hornets can be distinguished from their native counterparts by the colour their abdomens, which are entirely dark except for a single band of yellow (the native hornet abdomen is predominantly yellow). Whilst the hornets pose no greater risk to human health than a bee, they are a threat to our native honey bees. Find out more about the app here or download it directly from the Apple or Android stores.