Is this the dreaded Asian hornet, here in Worcestershire?

Worcester News: Jonathan Bruns holds the hornet. He thought its yellow head may mark it out as the Asian variety Jonathan Bruns holds the hornet. He thought its yellow head may mark it out as the Asian variety

A TERRIFIED man feared a giant Asian hornet as big as a humming bird was going to sting him when it flew in through the window of his home.

Jonathan Bruns was shocked to find the giant insect, bigger than a 2p coin, buzzing about his home in Acton Hall, just off the A449 north of Worcester. The jury is out on whether the creature is the Asian hornet which arrived in France in 2005. However, there has yet to be any confirmed sightings of Asian hornets in the UK. If confirmed, this would be the first sighting. Concern has been raised about the potential impact of the Asian hornet on native species in the UK as they are highly predatory and attack and kill honey bees.

The 36-year-old aerospace manufacturing quality auditor captured the large insect with partner Colin Meldrum at about 7pm on Thursday night. Mr Bruns has been stung multiple times by hornets while growing up in Washington state in the USA as a teenager, describing the experience as 'very, very painful'. They trapped the insect in a tupperware box, poured water on it and drowned it.

He said: "I was afraid. This is twice the size of the biggest hornet we have ever seen and looked exactly like an Asian hornet. I was talking to my partner upstairs in the hallway and I was looking over at him when behind his head flew this large thing. I grabbed him and pulled him away. We both went 'Oh my gosh!' We both got nervous and my partner said 'that looks dangerous'.

"Flying, with its legs spread out, it looked as big as a humming bird or a very large humming bird hawk-moth. It would really concern me if we have Asian hornets around here - they are supposedly extremely poisonous.

"We didn't want it burrowing into the wall or building a nest." Your Worcester News was not able to confirm with wildlife experts whether the insect was an Asian hornet at the time we went to press although a representative from the Worcestershire Biological Record Centre at Lower Smite Farm, Hindlip, said 'it doesn't look like the invader to me'.

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10:36pm Sat 17 May 14

maxfantastic says...

That is not the dreaded hornet. I had one of thses flying near my rabbit hutch 2 years ago so I killed the **** thing. Not seen one since here in Warndon Villages.
That is not the dreaded hornet. I had one of thses flying near my rabbit hutch 2 years ago so I killed the **** thing. Not seen one since here in Warndon Villages. maxfantastic
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2:44pm Sun 18 May 14

mmcneilly says...

The queens hibernate over winter, often under roof tiles, and set off to found a new colony at the first sign of sustained warm weather. Much less aggressive than a regular wasp thankfully. Look scary but are highly unlikely to bother unlike their annoying cousins. Clearly hornets should avoid Warndon villages....
The queens hibernate over winter, often under roof tiles, and set off to found a new colony at the first sign of sustained warm weather. Much less aggressive than a regular wasp thankfully. Look scary but are highly unlikely to bother unlike their annoying cousins. Clearly hornets should avoid Warndon villages.... mmcneilly
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4:36pm Sun 18 May 14

maxfantastic says...

**** right!
**** right! maxfantastic
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9:20am Mon 19 May 14

sean1207@gmail.com says...

If he's so terrified of it, why's he got it in his hand for a photo opportunity ?
If he's so terrified of it, why's he got it in his hand for a photo opportunity ? sean1207@gmail.com
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9:58am Mon 19 May 14

samdalley says...

If he had it in a box why not take it outside and let it go? Hornets are not aggressive, certainly not as aggressive as Wasps, and really should be a protected species in this country as they are in Germany.
If he had it in a box why not take it outside and let it go? Hornets are not aggressive, certainly not as aggressive as Wasps, and really should be a protected species in this country as they are in Germany. samdalley
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10:55am Mon 19 May 14

JohnCSG says...

sean1207@gmail.com wrote:
If he's so terrified of it, why's he got it in his hand for a photo opportunity ?
To quote the great "Bones" - "its dead Jim"
[quote][p][bold]sean1207@gmail.com[/bold] wrote: If he's so terrified of it, why's he got it in his hand for a photo opportunity ?[/p][/quote]To quote the great "Bones" - "its dead Jim" JohnCSG
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2:08pm Mon 19 May 14

redtail says...

thats an obese wasp
thats an obese wasp redtail
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