Asian Hornets in RoyanAsian Hornets are expected to become more common in Royan area in the next three weeks, as temperatures start to rise, and the animals come out of hibernation.[/caption]
Asian hornets (Vespa velutina) arrived in France in around 2004, and have now spread throughout much of the country.
Although their venom is not more powerful than that of normal bees or wasps, they are sometimes known to be aggressive towards humans even from a distance, and - like most insect stings - can cause fatal anaphylactic shock in allergic people.
What to look out for
- Vespa velutina queens are up to 3 cm in length; workers up to 25 mm
- Entirely dark brown or black velvety body, bordered with a fine yellow band
- Only one band on the abdomen - the 4th abdominal segment almost entirely yellow/orange
- Head black with an orange-yellow face
- Vespa velutina is a day flying species which, unlike the European hornet, usually ceases activity at dusk