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Asian Hornet Sighting

Published 22.Aug.2013, 7:12pm


Following a credible report of an Asian Hornet sighting in the South East area close to Maidstone, Kent; last week a local Bee Inspector was dispatched to carry out further field investigation.

Following this investigation, we have not been able to verify the report but we would encourage beekeepers particularly in this area to familiarise themselves with the Asian Hornet and remain vigilant when visiting their apiaries and inspecting their colonies.

Please use the following link to view ID sheets for the Asian Hornet and also refer to a recent article published in BeeCraft magazine to help with identification.

Suspect sightings should be reported immediately to

I would like to reiterate that currently this is a suspect sighting and has not been confirmed.

National Bee Unit


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vanda krutnik
21.Sep.2014 6:50am [ 1 ]

We believe we have seen Asian hornets in our garden, which backs onto Mote Park, Maidstone. They are attracted to our night security light. We actually had one in our kitchen. I do have a photograph.

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