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Appl Entomol Zool. 2017;52(2):221-229. doi: 10.1007/s13355-016-0470-z. Epub 2017 Mar 17.

Invasion dynamics of Asian hornet, Vespa velutina (Hymenoptera: Vespidae): a case study of a commune in south-west France.

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ZEEMAN Institute: SBIDER, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL UK.
School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL UK.
National Bee Unit, Animal and Plant Health Agency, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ UK.
Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 7AL UK.
Fera, Sand Hutton, York, YO41 1LZ UK.


Asian hornet, Vespa velutina Lepeletier nests were discovered in 2007 in Andernos-les-Bains on the south-west coast of France, 3 years after the first reported sightings in France. The number of nests increased in the commune over the following 7 years, despite local authorities enacting a destruction policy. The nests existed in close proximity to one another leading to a high density of over 10 nests per square kilometre in urban areas. New information on the chosen habitat for nests is presented, and the differences between primary and secondary locations are evident, with primary nests mostly occupying buildings and man-made structures, while secondary nests were found on trees. Using Bayesian inference methods, we fit a basic model to the observational data, which allows us to estimate key demographic parameters. This model fit is highly informative for predicting V. velutina spread and colonisation of other at-risk regions, and suggests that local control has a limited impact on the spread of V. velutina once established within a region.


Asian hornet; Control; Detection; Honeybee; Inferred dynamics; Invasion; Pest

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