Aggressive ‘monster wasp’ surfaced in Limburg, Zeeland and South Holland

The Asian hornet, a big black wasp, this year is already in Limburg, Zeeland and South Holland seen. In Limburg was exotic insect never before observed.

The Asian hornet is native to the Himalayas and southern China. Fifteen years ago introduced the hornet in southern France, and has spread from there.

Sized gym ball

“The horn to catch bees in a hive. This gives rise to hear people the size of a bouncing ball from 90 cm,” said Theo Zeegers Foundation EIS, the knowledge of insects, rather against EditieNL.

So the Asian hornet eats bees and other insects. Therefore, the animal was in 2016 by the EU on a list of 66 exotic species that may not be spread in Europe.

That means the Dutch Food Safety Authority (NVWA) action should be taken when a message on this wasp. The nests should be destroyed. Since the county is responsible for.

Photo making and reporting

According to the foundation platform stop invasive alien species, the Asian hornet has this year seen in Vlaardingen, Terneuzen and Limburg Stein.

If you encounter one or think there are one spot too, ask the foundation as soon as possible to put a picture and make it to Then there can be judged whether it actually an Asian hornet, and the nest can be traced and destroyed.

So recognize the need to

The Asian hornet is often confused with a European counterpart, which is worse: the European hornet. This wasp is harmless.

painful sting

Although the Dutch ecosystem is disrupted by the Asian exotic, people need not be afraid. Zeegers, “No, they are not annoying to humans They just fly past you, they are less aggressive than normal lemonade wasp…” But to hear if you have yet to pack a sting of this hornet is more painful than that of an ordinary wasp.

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