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New evidence Asian hornets overwintering in UK

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There has been widespread coverage this morning across BBC Breakfast, the Times, the Telegraph, the Guardian and the Daily Mail focused on new evidence Asian hornets have overwintered in the UK. Genetic analysis conducted by APHA’s National Bee Unit, found that three Asian hornets queen’s trapped last month in Sussex are the offspring of a nest that was destroyed in the area, in November 2023.

Whilst this is the first evidence of Asian hornets overwintering in the UK, it is not considered to be strong evidence of an established population.