Deadly Hornet soars into Irish skies.


Recent reports suggest that sightings have been made of the Deadly Asian Hornet, Pictured above.

Deadly Hornet soars into Irish skies.

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Recent reports suggest that sightings have been made of the Deadly Asian Hornet, Pictured above.

The news comes months after the species was spotted in numerous regions of the UK.

There were recent sightings of the creature in county Donegal and county Derry also.

The Asian hornet is deadly to the local bee population, and are known to behead them.


They are also dangerous top humans also with reports of people having succumbed to death following hornet attacks.


Recently in France up to 6 people were reported to have been killed from Hornet stings.

The sting is said to caused anaphylactic shocks in humans after being stung.

They are considered very dangerous to both humans and local bee populations, and could potentially wipe out the whole bee population.

The Asian Hornet is easy to differentiate from other breeds, as it is mostly black with brown segments on its abdominal that are bordered with a yellow band.


The have also a fourth abdominal segment which is yellow/orange in colour. They have brown legs with yellow ends, while they have a black head with an orange/yellow face.


They are typically 25mm to 30mm in length.



They have longer stingers than European hornets which is another reason as to why it is so painful to be stung.

The species of hornet targets a vast variety of different insects for food, although bees are thought to be a main target.

It is thought that the insects have made their way through Europe through exports from China in recent years.

Please notify the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) of any suspect Asian hornets, providing as much information as possible (location, photos etc.).

If it is possible please send a dead sample to DAFM for examination. The specimens can be killed by placing them in domestic freezer overnight. If collecting a sample please take all necessary precautions as hornets can sting.

Reports can also be made to the Irish Pest Control Association.

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