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Asian hornets

UK warned to be vigilant over invasive Asian hornets

Croydon-based Cleankill Pest Control is warning members of the public to be on the look out for the potentially deadly Asian hornet.

The venomous Asian hornet, sometimes called the yellow-legged hornet, Latin name vespa velutina, is slightly smaller than the European hornet. Queens are typically 30 mm, males 24 mm and workers around 20 mm. It has a velvety brown or black thorax, brown abdomen and highly distinctive yellow legs. The head is black with a yellow face.