Jersey islanders asked to report Asian hornet sightings

The insects can be recognised as they are larger than a normal wasp, much darker in colour, have yellow legs, a mustard orange band across their backside and a bright yellow 'belt' around their waist. Credit: John de Carteret

People in Jersey are being asked look out for and report sightings of Asian hornets as the weather warms up.

This year's first positive sighting was made at the end of February and more are expected as queen Asian hornets come out of hibernation in the milder climate.

The insects can be recognised as they are larger than a normal wasp, much darker in colour, have yellow legs, a mustard orange band across their backside and a bright yellow 'belt' around their waist.

Jersey's Asian Hornet Coordinator Alastair Christie says it is important any sightings are properly recorded to protect the local environment and bee population.

Credit: ITV Channel TV

Asian hornet sightings can be reported by phone 01534 441633, email asianhornet@gov.je or through the free Asian Hornet Watch smartphone app.

People are asked to take photos where possible and provide details of where the insect was sighted.

Credit: David Walker