Vespa velutina Lepeletier, 1836

Description and notes

Discovered near Tetbury, Gloucestershire in September 2016. A second confirmed sighting was made from north of the Mendip Hills in Somerset in early October 2016.

Defra issued a press release on 20 September 2016 regarding the Gloucestershire record for Asian hornet Vespa velutina

In 2017 Vespa velutina was discovered at Woolacombe in Devon.