Islanders asked to remain vigilant about Asian Hornets

Asian Hornet in Jersey. Credit: ITV Channel TV

Channel Islanders are being urged to report any sightings of Asian hornets, amid concerns they could devastate local bee populations.

Two were found this morning at Archirondel in Jersey, with experts now trying to locate their nests.

They have also been seen in Guernsey, Alderney and Sark.

The creatures are about three times the size of a wasp and can be identified by their yellow-tipped legs.

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Meanwhile, an Asian hornet has been captured in Guernsey.

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The States of Guernsey made the folowing statement this afternoon.

The sea around us, and the distance from populations of this wasp in France (the most likely source), may well slow or limit introductions and so the first tactic is to try and identify and destroy nests to eradicate the Asian Hornet and stop it becoming established on the island.

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