Asian Hornet Identification

Try our Asian Hornet quiz intended to help you recognise Asian Hornets and to ensure you know what to do if you should see one.

Each time you try the quiz it will give you a different mix of questions.


Congratulations!! You obviously have a good knowledge of how to identify Asian Hornet, and what to do about it if you do find one. Please be vigilant during the summer months and use your knowledge to help keep all our bees safe.


If you scroll down the page, you can see the correct answers and an explanation for those which were not correct.


You can find more information about Asian Hornet at the National Bee Unit website Beebase.  Why not take a look and then come back and have another go at our quiz.

It is important that all beekeepers can identify the Asian Hornet quickly and accurately if we are going to keep our bees safe.





#1. Where would you most likely find an Asian Hornet nest?

Asian Hornet nests can be found anywhere –  in trees, in bushes, on buildings, even underground.


#2. When are you most likely to see Asian Hornets hawking in front of beehives?

Asian Hornets are active from April to December and so could be seen at any time during this period. However, as the nest gets bigger their requirement for protein increases. Experience over the past few years has shown that Asian Hornets are most likely to be predating on honeybee hives in late summer – August, September and into October.


#3. Identify the insects entering this tree

These are European Hornets. You can see the multiple yellow banding on the hornets’ abdomens.


#4. Select the answer which lists Asian Hornet, Wasp, and European Hornet in terms of size (Longest first)

This photograph shows the comparative size of the three insects. On the left, a common wasp queen, in the centre an Asian Hornet and on the right a European Hornet.

The media often report Asian Hornet stories incorrectly with a photo of the Giant Asian Hornet shown below


#5. Which type of trap is recommended for Asian Hornet monitoring? ? Photo courtesy The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Crown Copyright

When monitoring for the presence of Asian Hornet using a trap, it is important that the trap does not kill any beneficial insects. The trap shown as the correct answer includes a mesh to prevent the trapped insects drowning in the bait. Even with this type of trap, it is important that it is checked on a daily basis and any beneficial insects are released safely.


#6. What colour is the Asian Hornet’s abdomen?


#7. Which of the following is NOT an Asian Hornet nest? ? Photos courtesy The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Crown Copyright

Three of the photos are of Asian Hornet nests. The fourth is a European Hornet nest. The nests are similar in appearance, especially from a distance.


#8. What colour is the Asian Hornet’s thorax?

The Asian Hornet thorax is velvety black or very dark brown. The latin name of the Asian Hornet, Vespa velutina nigrithorax is based on it’s black thorax.


#9. Identify the insect in the photo ? Photo courtesy The Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA), Crown Copyright

This is the infamous ‘cauliflower hornet’ found by a homeowner in Bury, Lancashire in April 2018.


#10. What is the preferred way to report a possible sighting?

If possible sightings should be reported through the Asian Hornet Watch Application, available for free download to Android and iPhone mobiles.

Other methods of reporting the hornet include using the NNSS online notification form or you can send any suspect sightings to the Non Native Species email address  Where possible, a photo, the location of the sighting and a description of the insect seen should be included.


You can find out more about Asian Hornet HERE or on the National Bee Unit website.

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