17 August 2010

Hornets arrive in the Neath Valley

Jenny Colley caught 7 Hornets in her moth trap this morning including this one that had expired for unknown reasons. She told me that she had already caught a few others over the previous few days, so it seems likely there is a nest not far from her garden in Resolven. As far as I am aware this is the first occurence of the Hornet (Vespa crabro) in West Glamorgan.
It will interesting to hear if others have seen this species locally and if this is the start of colonisation in our area. Jenny has been trapping regularly for a good few years now and this is the first year she has recorded the species.

1 comment:

Mark Hipkin said...

Good stuff Jenny. I'll be looking out for Hornets from now on. I notice that the thorax and wings of the Volucella zonaria is quite a good match with the Hornet.