Video: The Yellow-legged Hornet in the USA: What does this mean for beekeepers?
Dr. Gard W. Otis, University of Guelph, Canada, and Institute of Bee Health, Switzerland
The Yellow-legged Hornet, Vespa velutina, naturally inhabits a large region in Asia, but since 2004 it has demonstrated its invasion potential by colonizing most of western Europe. The discovery of this social wasp in Savannah, Georgia, in August, 2023, has the potential to dramatically affect beekeeping in southeastern USA, the Pacific Northwest of North America, and several other regions of the world.
00:41; Gard’s background, interest in hornets, Vietnam beekeeping
6:38; What is the Yellow Legged Hornet (YLH)?
11:42; Life cycle of hornets
21:09; YLH nests
23:02; Effects on honeybees
33:47; Similar species, look-alikes
38:21; Invasion by hornets worldwide
43:55; Incident in Georgia
46:53; Geographic range of YLH
57:21; How concerned should we be?
1:00:08; Other hornets of concern