Please do not confuse the Asian hornet, Vespa velutina with the Giant Asian hornet (Vespa mandarinia), sometimes referred to as the “Japanese hornet“;
The Animal and Plant Health Agency has set up a YouTube channel where the National Bee Unit has shared videos of our experience encountering the Asian Hornet in Andernos-les-Bains, South West France;
APHA Science blog – Safeguarding with Science: Responding to an Asian hornet Outbreak;
BeeCraft magazine published a detailed article covering the lifespan, habitat and spread of the Asian hornet through France. Please see the article Vespa velutina – The Asian Hornet which also covers the impact on agriculture and honey bees. Follow-up articles have been produced in September and October 2011. These can be viewed here;
Biologist Magazine published an article in May 2009 A foreigner in France: the Asian hornet written by Marie-Pierre Chauzat of the French Food Safety Agency and Stephen Martin from the University of Sheffield. We thank the authors for allowing us to attach this piece.
Hornet images courtesy The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Crown Copyright