Hornet scare reveals it’s not Asian predator

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A large hornet captured in a Spring Lane conservatory is not a ‘deadly’ Asian predator as some people thought - but residents should be on the look out, warn experts.

The creature was identified as a European hornet by beekeeper Elizabeth Bates.

But she warned their Asian relatives may make their way over to the UK and should be killed if seen.

They can be identified by their size, yellow feet and black body.

The pests are a major threat to honey bees and stings can be lethal to humans.