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Asian Hornet in UK
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00buzzbee
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just received an e mail from NBU. Asian Hornets identified in North Somerset

Let battle commence!


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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The NBU have also issued these instructions for this simple design for making traps.

dhttp://www.nationalbeeunit.com/downloadNews.cfm?id=145esign
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 12:51 pm    Post subject: Asian Hornet in Mendip Hills Reply with quote

http://www.somersetlive.co.uk/asian-hornet-sighting-confirmed-in-mendip-hills-of-somerset-as-defra-aims-to-destroy-threat-to-bees/story-29776677-detail/story.html
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saw a European hornet yesterday at Standen House in Sussex that was HUGE and I mean about 40mm long.

I was going to catch it but it wouldn't fit in the pint glass I was holding . Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have plenty of European Hornets visiting my hives throughout the season trying to grab my bees. They are often successful but if I'm about I manage to catch one or two and euthanise them.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Traps around the place early in the year to catch the emerging queens might help.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will be going out to collect some empty plastic bottles from around our village. There is usually a good selection on our local rec as the kids just dump them by the skateboard area.

I will be trying as many different combinations as possible to come up with the best traps I can make.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2016 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good idea.

I also see in the local papers around Tetbury they are suggesting Asian hornets pose no greater threat to humans than bees.

I do hope this doesn't mean some idiot tries spraying a nest with a garden hose, as I have seen with bee swarms or kids throwing stones at them.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 13, 2016 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First Asian Hornet trap completed. I will be making a few more before they go out in February.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Traps are now going out in Cornwall.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyC wrote:
Been to our BKA apiary this morning.

Long discussion on guess what?

The idea of a trap that catches the Asian Hornet alive is so they can be sprayed with slow acting flea spray and released to spread the insecticide through the nest.

Anyone got more on this, type of spray etc etc?


You're not suggesting that you do this yourself are you? If so then I think that the GB Non-Native Species Secretariat might not be best pleased.

Their advice remains:
Trap
Photograph
Notify

Do not under any circumstances release.

Please read this:
http://www.nonnativespecies.org/alerts/index.cfm

and this:
http://www.nationalbeeunit.com/index.cfm?pageId=208

The French state has compounded this problem by its inactivity, denial and ignorance. Let us not become part of the problem by peddling half truths and pet theories. There is a reporting system in place, let's use it.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No Sir.

Does anyone know what triggers new Asian hornet queens to emerge?

E.g., Is it just temperature driven?


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyC wrote:
No Sir.

When in the season do new Asian hornet queens emerge?


After such a relatively mild winter the queens should be starting to come out of hibernation any time now.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chippy wrote:
AndyC wrote:
No Sir.

When in the season do new Asian hornet queens emerge?


After such a relatively mild winter the queens should be starting to come out of hibernation any time now.


I thought that too so it's time to get my traps up. . . . . . .what bait are the experts suggesting to attract new queens?
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AndyC wrote:
Chippy wrote:
AndyC wrote:
No Sir.

When in the season do new Asian hornet queens emerge?


After such a relatively mild winter the queens should be starting to come out of hibernation any time now.


I thought that too so it's time to get my traps up. . . . . . .what bait are the experts suggesting to attract new queens?


At this part of the cycle, emergence from hibernation, a sweet bait is needed. Apple juice has been suggested.

For traps see this pdf:

https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=2&ved=0ahUKEwialtqTx57SAhWFI8AKHZ-LAwMQFggyMAE&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nationalbeeunit.com%2FdownloadDocument.cfm%3Fid%3D1056&usg=AFQjCNGILefJOuzzwCDBv-A9aOqks2kqSA&sig2=srTIThh1qW_wOcz00It7rQ&cad=rjt
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From that paper.

At the end of hibernation emergent queens have a raised energy requirement and show a preference for sweet foods. In early spring such food resources are comparatively rare in the environment, so this means that sweet baits are highly attractive for the early capture of Asian hornet queens. French beekeepers often use a mixture of dark beer, mixed with 25ml of strawberry syrup and 25ml of orange liqueur.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the seminar that I attended given by the GB Non-native Species Secretariat apple juice was the suggested early season bait. If you wish to prepare a cocktail for the queens then good luck to you though in tests on captured queens from France apple juice was found to suffice.
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