Reading and District Beekeepers' Association
Providing support to beekeepers in and around Reading


How to differentiate an Asian Hornet from our native species

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When observed carefully, the Asian hornet has the following distinct identifying features:

  • Striking yellow ‘socks’ leading to its common name in Asia of the ‘yellow-legged
  • Slightly smaller than our native European hornet but larger than a common wasp
  • Darker than European hornet and many types of wasp, but has a distinct orange face
    and an orange-yellow band towards the tail end of its abdomen