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The UK’s Asian hornet hotspots have been revealed because the killer species returns to British shores.

People have been urged to report any sightings of Asian hornets after a file 12 months for the invasive bee-killing species – and The Daily Express map exhibits the place nests have been destroyed and bugs captured.

In 2023 there have been a file 57 confirmed sightings of bee-killing Asian hornets, greater than double the numbers within the earlier seven years mixed. A complete of 74 nests had been destroyed final 12 months.

This 12 months there have already been eight confirmed sightings, together with one insect captured in March – the earliest the invasive species has ever been seen within the UK.

So far this 12 months, 5 hornets have been captured in East Sussex, two in Kent, and one in Romford, London.

The sightings have raised fears that nests could have been missed final 12 months, permitting fertile queens – referred to as ‘gynes’ – to fly out and begin nests.

Asian hornets are additionally typically carried into the nation in delivery containers.

Last 12 months most hornet sightings had been in Kent, however they had been additionally noticed in Devon, Dorset, Essex, Hampshire, London, Sussex, and Surrey, and as far north as Yorkshire and even Northumberland.

A sting from the black and yellow bugs shouldn’t be deadly to people except they’re allergic to them, however their poisonous venom does wipeout giant numbers of bees yearly.

In Japan, the lethal stingers trigger between 30 and 50 deaths yearly, however most individuals will simply really feel ache from their sting and won’t require therapy.

Beekeeping veteran, Roy Taylor, warns the British hornet invasion is ready to worsen.

He instructed the Mirror: “People will die if they are allergic to bee stings. They will chase you for 200 metres. They will not let you escape.”