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The Asian Hornet Handbook

Handbook / Manual
By: Sarah Bunker(Author)
156 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations
Publisher: Psocid Press
The Asian Hornet Handbook
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  • The Asian Hornet Handbook ISBN: 9781916087101 Paperback Apr 2019 In stock
Price: £27.99
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About this book

Around 2004, the Asian or yellow-legged hornet (Vespa velutina nigrithorax) was accidentally imported into southern France from China, and it has spread through western European countries with astonishing speed. Since 2016 there have been incursions into the UK, and these are becoming more frequent as the population on the continent increases in numbers. They could establish themselves in this country at any time. Asian hornets cause two important problems for humans: they love eating bees, especially honey bees; and if a nest is accidentally disturbed they can be very aggressive.

The Asian Hornet Handbook is bursting with information, from hornet identification to up-to-date scientific findings on Asian hornet biology, behaviour and ecology. There are also sections on the spread of these insects, how they are dealt with in the UK, tracking, trapping, and other methods of control. Fascinating, readable and full of photos and illustrations, this is a book for beekeepers, naturalists and anyone interested in invasive alien species.

Dr Sarah Bunker has a PhD in insect flight and has been a beekeeper in Devon for many years. In the summer of 2018 she gained experi­ence tracking Asian hornets in Jersey, where beekeepers use the 'Jersey method' to find the hornets' large paper nests.

When she returned to the UK, she felt compelled to write this practical handbook to inform bee­keepers and others about these extraordinary insects and what can be done about them.


Asian hornet identification
Asian hornet biology
    Life history
        Emergence from hibernation
        Founding - the queen builds a primary nest
        Producing the first workers
        Early dangers
        The primary nest grows
        The secondary nest
        Food for adults
        Food for larvae
        Honey bee predation
        Honey bee defence
        Production of the sexual stages
        Nest decline
        Hibernation of the queens
        Problems with invasive alien species
        Effect on honey bees
        Effect on European hornets
        Competition among Asian hornets
        Effects on humans
        Asian Hornet Stings

The spread of the Asian hornet
    The Asian hornet arrives in Europe
    Asian hornets reach the Channel Islands
    Asian hornets in the UK
A national contingency plan
    The main players
    Waiting ... and spotting
    Dealing with an isolated incident
    Losing control
    The 'new normal'
The birth of Asian hornet action teams

Finding Asian hornet nests
    The Jersey method
    Radio telemetry
    Other methods of finding nests
Asian hornet colony destruction
        Monitoring traps
        When does a monitoring trap become a killing trap?
        Monitoring without trapping
        Trapping is contentious
        The effect of trapping on non-target insects: the data from France
        Does spring trapping reduce the number of Asian hornet colonies?
        Usurpation - natural population control?
        UNAF on trapping
        Where others stand in France
        Conclusions from French spring trapping data
    Trap practicalities
        Diversion traps
        Trap design
        Raoul's cage
        The JABEPRODE
        The ApiShield
        Type of attractant
        Trapping at different times has different results
        Trapping conclusions
Biological control
    Conops vesicularis
    Other insect parasites
    Entomopathogenic fungi
    Carnivorous plants
    Deformed wing virus
    Selection of honey bee strains
    DNA technology
Hive defence
    Reduction of entrances
    Disrupting hawking
    Thwack and zap

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Handbook / Manual
By: Sarah Bunker(Author)
156 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations
Publisher: Psocid Press
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