It is actually quite small, only about one inch long (25-30 mm), and has a black velvet body with a yellow face and legs and yellow tip to its tail.
It is an invasive non-native species called an Asia Hornet (Vespa velutina) and is a highly effective and aggressive predator of our native British insects and a significant threat to honey bees and other pollinators, and even in rare cases human health.
It arrived in France by way of imported Chinese flower pots in 2004, and on 20th September 2016 has been confirmed for the first time in UK in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire.
Asian hornet is one of the key invasive species that we do not want to establish in Britain.
ARE THERE ANY OTHERS IN SOUTHERN ENGLAND OR SOUTH EAST WALES?
Whilst Tetbury may be the only place where Asian hornets occur in UK they could be more widespread and we are thus keen to enlist your help to raise awareness of the hornet to ensure that any Asian hornet sightings are reported rapidly.
If you think you have seen one please first read the Asian hornet ID sheet which outlines the main differences between this Asian Hornet and other related native wasp species including our native European Hornet which can be found along our Glamorgan border with Gwent and around our Castle Woods NR in Carmarthenshire.
An Alert Post is available to download as well.