Beekeepers and citizens monitoring the invasive Asian Hornet in Italy

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Tuesday, 3 April 2018

The LIFE project STOPVESPA calls for beekeepers and citizens' help in monitoring the Asian hornet (Vespa velutina) in Italy by creating traps from transparent PVC empty bottles. You can find instructions about how to make the trap here.

The Asian Hornet is an invasive alien species of Union Concern under Regulation (EU) 1143/2014. The species is native to Southeast Asia and was introduced in Europe for the first time in 2004 in France, through boxes of pottery from China. It is a highly aggressive predator of native honeybees and wild bees and could also be dangerous to humans by inducing a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction if stung.

If you spot an individual of V. velutina in Italy, you can report to STOPVESPA

Useful links

https://easin.jrc.ec.europa.eu/NewsAndEvents/DetailNews/0551ce06-b503-4b19-a7bf-77ec3553e259

https://easin.jrc.ec.europa.eu/NewsAndEvents/DetailNews/cf2f4642-a967-4946-a4f0-ad64ce01f662

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