Invasive Species Compendium

Detailed coverage of invasive species threatening livelihoods and the environment worldwide

Abstract

Vespa mandarinia or the giant Asian hornet is not present in Europe but it has recently been found in North America.

Abstract

The potential arrival of the Giant Asian Hornet scares beekeepers because this invasive species is more aggressive than its yellow-legged counterpart, Vespa velutina nigrithorax, which is now found throughout France. The paper describes how to recognise the Giant Asian Hornet, its biology, its predation and it also suggests control measures. It also speculates on the possible introduction of legislation in the event of the appearance of the pest in our territory and briefly indicates what to do if stung.