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Help protect our honey bees!

The nation’s smartphones are the latest weapon in the fight to prevent the spread of the Asian hornet.  People will be able to use a FREE app - called Asian Hornet Watch - to quickly & easily report possible sightings of the invasive species and send pictures of suspect insects to experts at the National Bee Unit.

While Asian hornets pose no greater risk to human health than a bee, they are a threat to our native honey bees, which is why it is important to quickly contain them.  By using the eyes & ears of smartphone users, we can more quickly identify any Asian hornet nests in the UK and eradicate them before they have the opportunity to spread.

Asian hornets can be distinguished from their native counterparts by their abdomens, which are entirely dark except for a single band of yellow – native hornets’ abdomens are predominantly yellow.
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Defra:  New app to report Asian hornet sightings