Vespa Orientalis, poison and danger: the ‘factsheet’

How do you recognize the insect, what is the difference compared to the common hornet

Vespa orientalis in the spotlight in Italy: from Rome to Milan, from Naples to Palermo, the name of the insect is associated with concerns and alarms. What are the characteristics of the wasp orientalis? How does it differ from the ‘normal’ wasp? It’s dangerous? The hymenoptera, which can be recognized by the yellow band on the back of the body, is monitored with particular attention.

According to information released by the Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, the eastern wasp is similar to the European hornet. In Italy the insect is a native species, historically present in the regions of Southern Italy. Now, also due to the higher temperatures and the generally milder climate, it is also expanding in the areas of the regions of Northern Italy. “Its danger to humans is entirely comparable to that of the European hornet”, reads the Institute’s website. The insect is particularly aggressive towards honey bees. The precautions to be taken to avoid being stung are the same as those used to protect yourself from European hornets. Basically, when a nest is sighted, it is advisable to request intervention from the competent subjects.

In Rome, the Bioparco Foundation has disseminated detailed information on the insect: “The Vespa orientalis does NOT have an increased ability to sting compared to the hornet; poisons are similar (although there are few specific studies) and similar is the musculature that moves the abdomen and poisonous spike. Vespa orientalis does not appear more aggressive than other species of waspseven if it is more frenetic and quick in its movements and is very active during the hottest hours of torrid days “.