The UK government has issued an alert for citizens to report sightings of the invasive non-native Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) after recent confirmed sightings in September 2018 in the town of Fowey, in Cornwall, England.
The hornet is not dangerous to humans. However, it is a predator of honey bees and poses a huge threat to native bee colonies.
Native to southeast Asia, it arrived on the European continent in France in 2004.
In 2016, it was first sighted in England, where a single nest was found and eradicated, followed by further sightings in 2017 and early 2018 in the southern parts of England.
Originally published by Cosmos as Bee-killing hornets invade Britain
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