These are my Mark 2 Asian Hornet trap. Exactly the same as before but now the bottom of the bottle is not cut.
Before inverting the neck some foam rubber or sponge is pushed to the bottom onto that I have placed the mesh. This will prevent any insects from drowning the 5.5 mm holes near the top allow other insects to escape. The top cover is a shop bought trifle container.
The sponge absorbs the bate and provides a support for the mesh if added but not necessary as long as the foam is higher than the liquid.
These will be a lot easier to make.
PLEASE ALSO REFER TO PRESIDENTS MESSAGE HEADING ON THIS WEBSITE
JUNE 2016 Guernsey Beekeepers
should be aware that Asian Hornets (Vespa Velutina) have been found in:-
July 2016, another Asian Hornet has been spotted hawking in front of a hive.
UPDATE On October 23rd 2016, a large active Asian Hornets nest had been discovered 80 foot high on what looks like a Sycamore tree - (at the time of posting 24th October, discussions are ongoing on how to destroy it). Shown here is an image of the nest
There has been a possible sighting, but not confirmed at La Corbiere in Guernsey (August 2016) which is along the south coast of the island.
A sizeable nest has been found and destroyed near Tetbury in Gloucestershire (September 2016).
The current Bee Base News on the National Bee Unit's Website about this predator ..
Please ensure that your hornet traps and hives are monitored - PLEASE READ BELOW:-
So far no GBKA member here has reported seeing hornets hawking in front of their hive but then neither had the Beekeepers in Alderney although one suspected that he saw a single hornet in front of one of his hives that were positioned nearest to the French mainland last autumn. The first they new of a hornet being found was when a pest control company in Alderney was called in to destroy a "wasps nest" in St Anne. The insect was unknown to the operative who had the sense to get it identified and DEFRA subsequently confirmed the sighting, but by then the nest had been destroyed. No further hornet activity has been seen since
The danger time is in the autumn when Queens are looking to feed on a sweet solution when they need the carbohydrates prior to hibernation and in the spring when they are again looking for an energy kick. They will also behave like wasps in the late summer and be around picnic areas and as wasps work the recycling bins in the autumn there it is another potential area where they might be seen, a point I have made to the Environment Department
Being vigilant and maintaining the traps throughout the year but especially at these periods could save a lot of problems later on. An undiscovered queen will go on to build a nest housing 000's of hornets during a season which at the end of the season will produce in excess of 600 queens to overwinter for the next summer to start the cycle all over
Being vigilant can when they arrive and trapping them can reduce the amount of queens and hence nests by 97% , this is from trials conducted in France.
So please make as many traps as you need hang them in the vicinity of your hives and MAINTAIN THEM.
They are a highly aggressive predator of native insects and pose a significant risk to our honey bees
They are active from from Febrary to November and are most likely to be found close to bee hives.
The GBKA committee are keen to stress the importance of placing an Asian Hornet trap close to your hives and are looking at ways of providing these to members.
PLEASE SEE THE DOWNLOADABLE PDF FILES BELOW:-
Two PDF's showing how to make monitoring traps for the Asian Hornet are shown below:-
Simple AH trap - Fera
Acknowledgement to use the last PDF goes to Ivor Flatman of 'The Food & Environment Research Agency, who designed the trap and wrote the document.