Warning as killer Asian hornets spotted in UK with venom strong enough to send victims into deadly shock | The Sun

BRITS have been warned after a sighting of killer Asian hornets, whose sting can be venomous enough to send humans into toxic shock.

The National Bee Unit confirmed the sighting in Rayleigh, Essex and issued a warning to members of the public and, specifically, beekeepers.

Asian hornets pose a significant risk to honey bee populations and work is already underway to find nests and track hornet activity.

This is the first sighting since April, when a single hornet was captured in Felixstowe, Suffolk.

This comes after reports that native hornets were attacking their Asian counterparts in a remarkable war within the species.

Some observers reported that Asian hornets had been found "stung, killed and partially dismembered" by the British variety.

Nicola Spence, the Chief Plant and Bee Health Officer at Defra, said: "By ensuring we are alerted to possible sightings as early as possible, we can take swift and effective action to stamp out the threat posed by Asian hornets.

"That’s why we are working at speed to locate and investigate any nests in the area following this confirmed sighting.

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"Please continue to look out for any Asian hornets and if you think you’ve spotted one, report your sighting through the Asian hornet app or online."

The public are advised not to approach or disturb hornet nests as it can provoke attacks by the terrifying insects.

They are generally not aggressive towards humans but become extremely so if their nest is threatened.

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Anyone who sees an Asian hornet is asked to report it through the 'Asian Hornet Watch' app, Defra's online reporting form or by email.

Those reporting sightings are asked to include a photo if they can safely take one.


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