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 Post subject: frelon asiatique
PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 3:09 pm 
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Shopping in Mirande this morning I joined a group of people looking at something on the outside window ledge of a shop. The lady from the shop had a pair of large tweezers and was picking up a semi-comatose creature.
She pointed out the orange head,and one of the men there said it was a frelon asiatique; He went on to give a short lecture on these creatures to everyone - only in France! 2 types, only the female stings .
I did know a bit about them, as someone in the village had one of their nests, like a rugby ball, at the top of a tree in her garden.


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 Post subject: Re: frelon asiatique
PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:08 pm 
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The two types of hornet are very different :

European hornet - note the red markings which the Asian doesn't have, and the yellow, wasp-like abdomen :
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The Asian blighter is smaller and is distinctive by its dark abdomen with an orange tip. Its legs are yellow :
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The Asian hornet seems to have reached the north of France - and as Pat says, their nests are distinctive. They're real works of art !


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 Post subject: Re: frelon asiatique
PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:11 pm 
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A month ago I discovered one in the old porcherie at the back of the house, surprised as we hadn't seen any flying about this summer.
Being an ex bee keeper I soon bombed it and broke up the nest and put it on the compost heap it was full with eggs and lava.

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 Post subject: Re: frelon asiatique
PostPosted: Fri Oct 27, 2017 7:07 pm 
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I read in the last couple of weeks that they have also arrived in the UK.

Bad news for beekeepers.

We have few hornets here and so far I have not seen an Asiatic one. Long may it continue.

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 Post subject: Re: frelon asiatique
PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 6:08 pm 
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We've got loads flying around here because the neighbour has all his hive trays propped up by the side of his house.
I've asked people on a local FB group to look out for hives but no ones seen one yet. I bet they have a fairly wide flying zone.

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I was leaving a friend's flat in Saint Malo when I spotted one of these nasties at the side of the road looking very sleepy. Positive ID - it was unmistakable - and he bit the dust with a flip flop.


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:41 pm 
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I can put paid to the myth that if you've got one species in the area then you won't have the other. We've got both living in the woods around the garden. If anything, I'd say that the native europeans are worse for picking off bees when they're busying themselves on plants and shrubs, but perhaps that's because the asiatiques are staking out/invading local hives? Thank goodness neither of them are as aggressive as the paper wasps....

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 Post subject: Re: frelon asiatique
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I've certainly seen both types of hornet in this area. The Asian hornets seems to be bolder about where they build their nests - much more in public view and in built up areas.


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