13 February 2019

The first Asian Hornet of 2019 has been found in the British Isles. A foundress queen hornet emerged from hibernation at St Heliers Bay on the island of Jersey.

The hornet had been sheltering in hessian used to protect ships cables. She was captured. 

Last year, Asian hornet hunters and pest controllers on the island, found and destroyed more than 50 nests estimated to produce 200 queens each. 

Even with high winter mortality, it's expected to be a testing season for island beekeepers.