About the Vespa Velutina

  • The predatory wasp Vespa Velutina is an invasive species of Asian origin. It is also known as the "Asian Hornet" or "Yellow-legged Hornet". 
  • It first appeared in France in 2004, and grew rapidly to reach Belgium, Spain, Portugal. It first reached Italy in 2012, and is now considered as a serious problem. Initially, specimens were found in traps that served as monitoring purposes only. But in 2013, Vespas were discovered causing damage inside local Italian apiaries.
  • It is crucial to know the distribution and dissemination of this species on the Italian territory so that countermeasures can be established.

          FOOD SOURCE

  • Vespas cause serious damage to the beehives, the bees, and on pollinating insects in particular. They also threaten the fruit ripening process.
  • Hornets, in common with honey bees, have two basic dietary requirements: sugars – for energy for the adults, and proteins – for the nourishment of the brood. 
  • Thus, they prefer to camp near the apiaries. They attack, kill and eat some parts on site.  


  • If you observe a depopulation of hives, it is possible that a Vespa nest is present within a radius of 300-500 yards. 
  • These spherical nests can exceed 20 inches in diameter. They are located mainly in trees and are difficult to detect because they are camouflaged. Due to their brown/ light brown color, they blend into trees and foliage, seemingly appearing as clumps of dirt.
  • Other than trees, Vespas prefer locations with good ventilation. They have been known to build nests in structures such as barns, sheds or even cracks in walls.  
  • Hornets nests near human residences should be a cause for great concern. Though Vespas are not generally aggressive, they are notoriously defensive and will protect their territory no matter what.  
  • Vespa stings can cause allergic reactions. In severe cases, stings can result to multiple organ failure leading to death. 

Visit Our Facebook Page!

Read our site to stay informed, then Connect through Facebook!

This is the most comprehensive site for awareness, information, and solutions about the Vespa Velutina plague that's spreading all across Europe and the United States.

Don't get left behind! Connect with us through Facebook and interact with a community of fellow beekeepers, apiarists, and enthusiasts.