Will the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) settle in the Nederlands?
In 2004, the dark subspecies of the Asian hornet, Vespa velutina nigrithorax, was found in France. This wasp had not been seen in Europe before, but has developed into an invasive species that is spreading across Europe. On September 17, 2017, a worker of this wasp was seen in Dreischor, Zeeland, the Netherlands, for the first time. Beekeepers are unhappy with the arrival of the Asian hornet, since it also predates on honey bees. The Asian hornet appears on EU Regulation No 1143/2014. According to this regulation on invasive species, which is in force since 2016, the species needs to be monitored and nests are to be destroyed. We conducted a survey at Dreischor and located a nest, which was built in a pear tree. The nest was located with a drone equipped with an infrared camera. In order to monitor new settlements, alertness of entomologists is needed.